Waltzing Matilda Centre

Waltzing Matilda Centre’s 10th Birthday Celebrations,¬†April 2008

Anne travelled to Winton, the birthplace of our unofficial national anthem and also of Qantas airlines, over the Anzac weekend in April 2008, to be part of the Waltzing Matilda Centre celebrations.

There are about 500 known recordings of Waltzing Matilda but only a few of these are by women. Photographer/writer John Elliott asked Anne to improve the gender balance by producing the latest version of our national song. She teamed up with guitarist Mike Kerin and 18 year old singer Matilda Sommers from Victoria. They recorded the song at Columbia Lane Studio in February 2008. It appears on the CD, “The Legend Of Matilda”, which features 14 different versions of the song, including Slim’s version from the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

Anne judged the inaugural Patron’s art prize – which attracted entries from all over Australia and was of a very high standard according to art critic and official judge Merv Moriarty. Certainly a varied program for the weekend with Anne performing with the Bushwhackers on the Saturday night and official functions including taking part in a parade down the main street – on a camel!