Once a jolly swagman…

Queensland State Archives posted a photo:

Statue of a seated swagman at Winton commemorating the Waltzing Matilda song composed by Banjo Paterson, June 1966.

From the Bowen Independent, Friday August 1940:

Waltzing Matilda.


“Waltzing Matilda” which has come into the front like of war songs in England has a romantic Queensland background. “Banjo” Paterson was inspired to set down the verses of what has been described as Australia’s unofficial national anthem while on holiday at Dagworth Station in the Winton district.

It is claimed to have been sung first in the North Gregory Hotel, Winton. The present owner of the hotel, Mr. T. J. Shanahan, who is chairman of Winton Shire Council, and who has been in Brisbane for the Local Authorities’ Conference told the story on Sunday.

Paterson’s verse, he said, was based on actual happenings at the MacPherson holding at Dagworth.

“Bob MacPherson was a fine character and he was always very

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