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Waltzing Matilda manuscript notated by Christina Macpherson (the Bartlam-Roulston manuscript), circa 1895 [music]
Bib ID 4494967
Format MusicMusic, ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Author
Macpherson, Christina Rutherford, 1864-1936
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1895] 
0.03 m. (1 fol. bag) 
Summary

MS 10086 comprises the manuscript of the melody and verses of the song Waltzing Matilda, notated by Christina Macpherson, ca. 1895. The manuscript was loaned by the Bartlam-Roulston families to Richard Magoffin for display in his Waltzing Matilda Expo in Kynuna, Queensland, from 1994-2006 (1 fol. bag). A simultaneous draft by Macpherson of the Waltzing Matilda music and lyrics is held in the Christina Macpherson Papers (MS 9065), together with related papers.

Biography/History

In 1895, whilst staying with her brother near Winton, Queensland, Christina 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.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 10086.

Associated materials: Papers relating to the song "Waltzing Matilda", circa 1900-1986 MS 9065.

Associated materials: Papers of Richard Magoffin, 1942-2005 MS 9753.

Words to verses two, three, and four written as text.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-234957536

Subjects Macpherson, Christina Rutherford, 1864-1936 -- Archives.  |  Paterson, A. B. (Andrew Barton), 1864-1941. Waltzing Matilda.  |  National songs -- Australia -- Vocal scores without accompaniment.  |  Australian
Time Coverage 1895 
Occupation Musicians.
Also Titled

Bartlam-Roulston manuscript

Exhibited Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012.  Exhibited: Treasures Gallery, National Library of Australia, 16a April, 2016 

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