Saturday, October 25, 2014

Waltzing Matilda Facts: Waltzing Matilda page Updated on Trishan's Oz.

Waltxzing Matilda Swagman lying under a Coolibah Tree

Waltzing Matilda Page Updated

We have updated our Waltzing Matilda page on Trishan's OzWe believe this page is now the most comprehensive, easy to understand page about Waltzing Matilda. Come check it out for yourself. 

This page was originally written in 1997 by Trishan, an eleven year old Australian child and his dad. Over the ensuring years this page continued to rate in the top 10 sites in Google’s raking on the subject. We have now given the page a long overdue face-lift with new video clips (which didn't exist at the time the page was originally written) and lots of additional content. We have, however, decided to maintain some of the “look and feel “ of the original website. So you will still see Trishan’s artwork and explanation of the song as it appeared on the original website. We hope you find our site informative and fun.

Waltzing Matilda - The Woman Who Inspired Waltzing Matilda?

Would there have been a Waltzing Matilda without her?

It was Christina Macpherson who inspired Banjo Paterson to compose Waltzing Matilda

Christina Macpherson
Christina Macpherson
She also arranged the original music for the song. Christina readily admitted that she did not originate the music for Waltzing Matilda but that she had heard it played by a brass band at the horse races at Warrnambool Victoria in April 1894. She found the tune catchy and had learned to play it by memory on her autoharp. As part of an evening’s entertainment Christina played this tune to Banjo. He asked her what the tune was and she told him she didn't know. (The tune in question is the Scottish song "Bonnie Wood O' Craigielea" first published in 1818.) Banjo liked the tune and immediately started to put down some words to it. Christina and Banjo worked though the score, Christina playing the tune on her autoharp and Banjo penning the words as they came to mind.

Christina never married. She moved to South Yarra, a suburb of Melbourne and died in relative obscurity on March 27 1936. She left her entire estate worth £3,624 to her younger sister. She was buried in in the St Kilda Cemetery. It was only in the late 1970's while the Australian Broadcasting Commission was making a documentary on Waltzing Matilda that her burial plot, without a tombstone, was rediscovered. Christina's grand-niece had a small marker placed on the spot where she was buried.

This small marker on a long forgotten grave-site is the only recognition, it seems, given to the woman who inspired the creation Australia's most treasured song.

Read the full story of Waltzing matilda here.

An extract from the Waltzing Matilda webpage of Trishan's Oz written by Senani Ponnamperuma

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Great Barrier Reef Facts: Where is the Great Barrier Reef?

Where is the Great Barrier Reef Located?

The grey area on the map is the location of the Great Barrier Reef

Location of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is located along the north-eastern coastline of Australia. It starts off the coast of the city of Bundaberg in the south and extends all the way up to the Cape York Peninsula to the north. This is a length of nearly 2300 km (1450 miles). The breath of the coral reef varies from 60 to 250 kilometres wide (37 to 155 miles).

It is the largest coral reef in the world.

Great Barrier Reef Facts: How Long is the Great Barrier Reef?

How Long is the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Australia
Great Barrier Reef Coral and Fish (including a Star Fish)

The Largest Coral Reef in The World

The Great Barrier Reef off the Gold Coast of Queensland Australia is the largest coral reef in the world. It is so large in fact that it is the only living organism on earth which is visible from space. 

Length of the Great Barrier Reef

It is  is about 2300 km (1450 miles) long. It stretching along the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia from Cape York Peninsula in the north to Bundaberg in the south. This is about the same distance along the west coast of North America starting at Vancouver and ending in San Diego, California.