Sun, Mar 10|
Blarney Books and Art
Waltzing Matilda - Australia's Accidental Anthem
Join W Benjamin Lindner in this fascinating journey as he explores the how, why, when and where Australia’s accidental anthem came to be composed. Free event. Brought to us by the Port Fairy Folk Festival.
Time & Location
Mar 10, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Blarney Books and Art, 37 James St, Port Fairy VIC 3284, Australia
About The Event
Lindner’s long-standing fascination with the life and times of Waltzing Matilda has culminated in Waltzing Matilda – Australia’s Accidental Anthem. There, he explores the how, why, when and where A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson collaborated with his fiancée’s friend, Christina Macpherson - having only met her a matter of days before they spawned the song. Criminal barristers often declare that fact is more bizarre than fiction; the factual origins of Waltzing Matilda are no exception. In an effort to debunk ‘fake’ historical claims, Benjamin takes a forensic approach, laying bare the evidence, and along the way he discovers some new twists to a story dating back to 1895. In the end, you, the reader/jury are left to decide just how, why, when and where Australia’s accidental anthem came to be composed.