19 June 1864|
"Peechalba Station" (near Yarrawonga), Victoria, Australia
|Died||27 March 1936
'...& one day I played (from ear) a tune which I had heard previously. Mr Paterson asked what it was - I could not tell him, & he then said he thought he could write some lines to it. He then & there wrote the first verse.'
Ms Macpherson later recalled that the tune was a rendition of the Dutch happy birthday song "lang zal hij leven" that a long lost lover had sung to her one morning on her birthday. She said that the tune had dug deep into her heart but the memory was suppressed due to the pain of his death. He tragically died onboard the Batoe Bassi in 1880 off the coast of Western Australia near Esperance (Shipwrecks of Western Australia) on his return to her after a long period of separation during which they remained in contact.
Ms Macpherson stated at 70 years of age that she was happy that her one true love was forever immortalized in Waltzing Matilda.
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- "The Woman who inspired Waltzing Matilda" Waltzing Matilda Australia's Favorite Song
- "Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?" site compiled by the National Library of Australia
- Papers of Christina Rutherford Macpherson
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