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Chris' Landscape Images of Australia (cjcphotography)

Under the shade of a coolabah Tree

by Chris' Landscape Images Of Australia

Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.


*To fully appreciate this work, please read my NARRATIVE!

The title is Australian slang for travelling by foot with one's goods (waltzing, derived from the German auf der Walz) in a "Matilda" (bag) slung over one's back. The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker, or "swagman", making a drink of tea at a bush camp and capturing a sheep to eat. When the sheep's owner arrives with three police officers to arrest the worker for the theft, the worker commits suicide by drowning himself in the nearby watering hole, after which his ghost haunts the site.

"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's most widely known bush ballad. A country folk song, the song has been referred to as "the unofficial national anthem of Australia". The original lyrics were written in 1895 by poet and nationalist Banjo Paterson. It was first published as sheet music in 1903. Extensive folklore surrounds the song and the process of its creation, to the extent that the song has its own museum, the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Queensland. In 2012, to remind Australians of the song's significance, Winton organised the inaugural Waltzing Matilda Day to be held on 6 April, the anniversary of its first performance.

The song was first recorded in 1926 as performed by John Collinson and Russell Callow. In 2008, this recording of "Waltzing Matilda" was added to the "Sounds of Australia Registry" in the National Film and Sound Archive which says that there are more recordings of "Waltzing Matilda" than any other Australian song.

*”Thankyou Society6 for featuring this image!”

Arts and Herbs commented on September 25, 2012 6:22am
Thank you for the interesting information, I can almost see the man sitting under the tree :)
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on September 25, 2012 7:23am
Thank you Arts and Crafts, very much appreciate you reading my narrative as it is so relative to the image & title :)
S. Ellen commented on September 25, 2012 7:55am
Wow, really interesting, loved the narrative and great shot!
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on September 25, 2012 7:57am
Thanks SE. Glad you read the narrative :)
Catru commented on September 25, 2012 3:37pm
wonderful spot to be :D
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on September 25, 2012 10:57pm
Thanks Carina, it is a lovely grazing area :
maggs326 commented on September 26, 2012 8:23am
Love this Chris you know trees are my fav subject
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on September 27, 2012 8:29am
Thanks Maggie. Sorry for the delay in replying but I have been bed ridden for the past few days with the most worst flu/cold :(. Yes, I have always noticed trees in a lot of you're work, have you painted a Gum Tree?
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on September 27, 2012 10:58am
Oh Yeah, ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ 👍 !!!
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on September 27, 2012 11:05am
Cheers Wayne :)))
Captive Images Photography commented on October 3, 2012 6:10am
Very scenic image Chris! Love the peacefulness and the lighting....
Tyler Spangler commented on February 9, 2014 2:01am
Nice work!
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on February 9, 2014 5:27am
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