Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

The Coolibah Tree - Waltzing Matilda

We have a Coolibah Tree (Eucalyptus coolabah subsp. excerata) in the Royal Botanic Garden just near the Twin Ponds and the seawall around Farm Cove. You probably know about the swagman who camped under the shade of the Coolibah Tree. See if you can find the matilda, jumbuck, three troopers, tucker bag, squatter and the swagman in the picture of the Coolibah Tree. Go to the glossary on the right if you don稚 know what all the words mean.

Coolibah Tree


How about singing along to the song?

This is the Cowan version of Waltzing Matilda

Waltzing Matilda

Verse 2

Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You値l come a waltzing Matilda with me

Chorus:
Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda
You値l come a waltzing matilda with me
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You値l come a waltzing Matilda with me

Verse 3

Up rode the squatter mounted on his thoroughbred
Down came the troopers, one, two, three
Who痴 that jolly jumbuck you致e got in your tucker bag
You値l come a waltzing Matilda with me

Chorus:
Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda
You値l come a waltzing matilda with me
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You値l come a waltzing Matilda with me

Verse 4

Up jumped the swagman, sprang into the billabong
You値l never catch me alive said he
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
You値l come a waltzing Matilda with me

Chorus:
Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda
You値l come a waltzing matilda with me
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You値l come a waltzing Matilda with me

Glossary

billabong =  a waterhole which is cut off from the main river or creek

jumbuck = sheep

matilda = swag

swag = a roll of bedding and clothing which is carried across the shoulder by a traveller through the bush

swagman = a man who travels about the country on foot living on his earnings from occasional jobs or gifts of money or food

trooper = a policeman on a horse

tucker bag = any bag used for carrying food

waltzing matilda = to wander about or tramp with a swag