This sad and famous Australian
song uses several unusual Australian words, not all of which are still in common use.
is a homeless and unemployed wanderer. Think hobo
or migrant worker
A waltzing matilda
is a reference to a walking swagman
. A swagman would roll up all his possessions in a wool blanket and tie both ends with a single strand of rope. This would make a rudimentary backpack, and as the swagman walked, the roll would progress from side to side. Hence the term "waltzing matilda".
is a kind of makeshift teapot.
is a sheep.
A coolibah tree
is a kind of eucalyptus
is a creek.