- Producer30/09/2016May I Have the Next Waltz, Matilda?Believe it or not, 'Waltzing Matilda', the unofficial national anthem of the Land Down Under, has absolutely nothing to do with ballroom dancing or fair damsels. Rather, it's a tale of woe about a travelling itinerant, who chose an untimely wet...
Comments01/10/2016 #32 Pamela L. WilliamsKen, had to take a few days off beBee due to other commitments. Sad, but what a welcome back. Something for my Cultures Around the World App and one of my favorite 'oldies' explained to me! I had always heard that Australia was the equivalent of a penal colony for all those who dared to thwart the crown. Your explanation is pretty close. Of course didn't know a loaf of bread was 'thwarting the crown'! Wonderful read, enjoyed this little piece of Oz! One thing struck me: A squatter in the U.S. is someone who is/was living illegal on a piece of land. Eventually 'Squatter's Rights' developed, meaning if they stayed on the land long enough with no claim made by the real owner then the land became the squatters. In days of old, when the west was not yet won, much land was 'grabbed' by squatters. Just a bit of US trivia for ya!
Here's some family history in relation to squatters. The family story is that my father's ancestors once owned the land upon which the famous Kentucky Derby is now held. In the mid to late 1800s during a drought the family had to relocate to survive. A squatter they asked/paid to watch the land for them eventually claimed Squatter's Rights and later sold the land...not sure when the 'Derby' owner took possession as it could have had several owners after my family. But there you go!01/10/2016 #27 Lisa Gallagher@Ken Boddie The unofficial Anthem is well... different? I'm glad you gave definitions of the terms. Squatters here take over a person's home if they are away for some time. Some people have a hard time re-gaining their home ( I don't quite understand it) and it's usually a major mess after they are able to legally get the squatters to leave. I'm proud of you because you know how to 'use the google.' Thanks, really enjoyed this!!30/09/2016 #20 Gert Scholtz@Ken Boddie I will be in your country in a month so thanks for cultural education. If they ask me at passport control what I know about Australia I will burst into a full rendition of Waltzing Matilda complete with swagman, billabong, jumbuck and Sheila's (Oh no, Sheila's are not part of it?) Just to fuel some more nostalgia, remember this one @Ken Boddie? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RviuTfdfArM And as they say down under - thanks Mate!