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Dennis O'Keeffe on the secret history of 'Waltzing Matilda'

Event Information

  • 1 Jun 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Tom Keneally Centre at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Level 3, 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney
  • Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: Free - bookings essential

Dennis O’Keeffe joins us in conversation with Tom Keneally to reveal the secret history of Australia’s favourite song, Waltzing Matilda.

Australians know Waltzing Matilda, written by our most popular poet Banjo Paterson, as our most loved song and unofficial national anthem.

What Australians don’t know is that the song is embroiled in a web of secrecy, violence and a triangular love affair.

Dennis O’Keeffe exposes two cover-ups: one the death of a swagman by a billabong; the other, a torrid affair between Banjo Paterson and his fiancee’s best friend, and how the two events come together in Australia’s best-loved national song. This is the story of Waltzing Matilda

FREE - Bookings are essential. Call 02 9262-7300 or email tkc@sydneymsa.com.au to reserve your seat.

Tom Keneally Centre
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA)  
280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9262 7300 | www.sydneymsa.com.au[M1] 

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