The Painted Swagman
A Tribute To "Waltzing Matilda"
Original Story and Paintings
by Dorothy Gauvin
Heritage Gallery Printing, Herron Books, 1995 [First Edition], colour illustrations throughout, hardcover with illustrated laminated boards, ISBN 0646223704
Near Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, small graze to inside front cover, stamp to front endpaper
'During his epic journey, one travelling swagman worked alongside Australians of many cultural origins and learned the real meaning of being an Australian.
He was an ordinary bloke, swept up in the extraordinary events of Australia's 'secret Civil War.'
In the early 1890s, a global Depression put Australians through the same struggle they were to endure one hundred years later. Bill Conlan was among the thousands thrown out of work who left the despair of the cities to go 'waltzing Matilda' along the bush roads of the Outback.
His search was for freedom and security but in Queensland he found a firestorm of violence as rebel Unionists battled to overthrow the Squatters.'