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zozimus Origins: Waltzing Matilda: MacPherson Letter (17) RE: Origins: Waltzing Matilda: MacPherson Letter 03 Oct 10

Ted Egan, in his book "The Land Downunder", claims that the swagman in Waltzing Matilda" refers to Frenchy Hoffmeister, who committed suicide following the burning of Dagworth woolshed in northeast Queensland as part of a protest by the Shearer's Union in 1891, so presumably Banjo Patterson wrote his verse around that time

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