1980 Australia Post Stamp Pack – Australian Folklore

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1980 Australia Post Pack – Australian Folklore MNH set.

Fantastic condition. Australia’s best known ballad Waltzing Matilda is depicted in this series of mint condition stamps.

Superb stamps and still in there Australia Post Office Stamp Pack.

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1980 Australia Post Stamp Pack

Australian Folklore Waltzing Matilda strip of 5 – SG 742a – stamps.

History

“Waltzing Matilda” is Australia’s most widely known bush ballad and has been referred to as “the unofficial national anthem of Australia. The title is Australian slang for travelling by foot with one’s goods in a “Matilda” (bag) slung over ones 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 ostensible owner arrives with three police officers to arrest the worker for the theft (a crime punishable by hanging), the worker drowns himself in a small watering hole and goes on to haunt the site.The original lyrics were written in 1887 by poet and nationalist Banjo Patterson. 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.

*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only

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