This famous ballad of the outback wanderer
who drowned himself rather than lose his
freedom needs no introduction. There is no
swagman as legendary as the tragic hero of
this tale, and there is no Australian song as
well-known throughout the world.
Here the famous ballad is given new depth
and perspective. Talented illustrator Freya
Blackwood has explored the intriguing
background behind the writing of this song,
and has shown us not just the lively story of
a proud outback larrikin – but also a glimpse
into the clashes and struggles that were so
formative of Australian history at the turn
of the last century.