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Items from this collection should be cited as: [Title of manuscript item], Papers relating to the song 'Waltzing Matilda', National Library of Australia, MS 9065, [item number].
In 1895, whilst staying with her brother near Winton, Queensland, Macpherson played a tune she had heard the previous year at the Warrnambool races. Banjo Paterson, who was listening, decided to make up some words to the music. In its various forms, 'Waltzing Matilda' has become Australia's best known folksong.
Explains the origins of the song (4 p.)
Handwritten by Christina Macpherson, unsigned (1 p.)
Signed by Christina Macpherson (2 p., including 1 double-size folded page)
Produced by the Victoria Police Forensic Science Laboratory (12 p.)
Taken at Vandyck Studios, Collins Street, Melbourne