Christina Macpherson

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Christina Macpherson
Born (1864-06-19)19 June 1864
"Peechalba Station" (near Yarrawonga), Victoria, Australia
Died 27 March 1936(1936-03-27) (aged 71)
Melbourne, Australia

Christina Rutherford Macpherson (1864-1936) is credited with having re-played a tune she'd heard circa 1895 which the Australian poet A.B. Patterson (Banjo Paterson) then set to words.

'...& one day I played (from ear) a tune which I had heard played by band at the Races in Warrnambool, a Country town in the Western District of Victoria. 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.'

Thus was Waltzing Matilda written.

The original manuscript of "Waltzing Matilda", transcribed by Christina Macpherson c. 1895.

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