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THE Singing Swagman waltzed into Rockhampton yesterday and performed for the children of Narnia Kindergarten and Preschool.

The Singing Swagman, aka Col Boundy, performed for more than 30 parents and children at the kindergarten. "I sing songs and share stories with the children,'' he said. "I basically give them an introduction to Waltzing Matilda.''

The 76-year-old Brisbane-based performer sings traditional Australian songs and tells stories of the first Australian swagmen. This is the 21st year Mr Boundy has played at the preschool and teacher Sue Grierson said he had a real way with children.

"He is a true storyteller, children don't get to hear this kind of thing much anymore,'' she said. "He is the quintessential grandfather that every child would love to have.''

His long grey beard and round smiling face were features every child responds to, she said.

He also looked like a typical swagman.

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