Apr 26, 2012

A to Z Challenge: W

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 26, 2012
W is for Western Australia, Witchetty Grubs and Waltzing Matilda

Western Australia is the countries largest state and occupies the western third of the country. The majority of inhabitants live in the south-western corner of the state which is known for its mining, wine-making industry, wildflowers and outback.


The term Witchetty Grub is used to describe the large, white wood-eating larvae of several moth species. The term is mainly used when the larvae are being considered as food. The grub is a very imporant food of the desert and was a staple diet food of Aboriginal people.

Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Paterson is the unofficial national anthem of Australia and is our best known bush ballad. The title is Australian slang for travelling by foot with one's goods in a "Matilda" (bag) slung over one's back.


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