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Dennis O’Keeffe reads from ‘Waltzing Matilda’

Tom Keneally Centre Readings

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

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