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n. Australian
A man who seeks casual work while traveling about carrying his swag.
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(ˈswæɡˌmæn; -mən)
n, pl -men
informal Austral and NZ a labourer who carries his personal possessions in a pack or swag while travelling about in search of work; vagrant worker. Also called: swagger or swaggie
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(ˈswæg mən)

n., pl. -men. Australian.
1. a tramp or vagabond.
2. anyone who carries a swag while traveling.
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Noun1.swagman - an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of workswagman - an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work
Australia, Commonwealth of Australia - a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
gipsy, itinerant - a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment; "itinerant traders"
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"Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong.
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That is what tour operator Thirsty Swagman promises with its 2016 Oktoberfest tours (http://www.thirstyswagman.com/tour/oktoberfest-tours/) which include beer tent reservations and premium hotel accommodation.
'Banjo' Paterson's 1924 revision of his Old Bush Songs.(67) Paterson's text was later set to music by the composer Louis Lavater in the booklet Swagman''s Treasure;(68) although this arrangement appears to have made little impact on oral tradition, it was used in the influential stage musical Reedy River.(69) It also influenced a 1941 commercial recording by the Antipodean country and western singer Tex Morton.(70) Morton sang the verses to a melody borrowed from the well-known cowboy ballad The Strawberry Roan', but fashioned a new chorus modeled on the Lavater tune.
|from his film Film Up Jumped a Swagman in 1965 With co-star Annette Andre |
He had four number one hits including, I Remember You, Lovesick Blues, Wayward Wind and I'm Confessin', performed at two Royal Variety Performances and starred in his own full length feature film, Up Jumped a Swagman.
Past examinations of masculine narratives within Australia outline the creation, maintenance and re-embodiment of the Australian male identity through tropes such as the swagman (eg: Lake, 98; Lawson, 557; Moore, 'Colonial Manhood' 35; Ward, 53), the lifesaver-surfer (eg: Booth, 24; Evers, 'Men Who Surf' 27; Evers, 'The Point' 893; Henderson, 'A Shifting' 321; Henderson, 'Some Tales' 70; Pearson, 5; Saunders, 96;) and the ANZAC (eg: Donoghue and Tranter, 3; Page, 193).