possessions in a pack (swag) while looking for work.
Occasionally when you look into somebody's face you know that they have an interesting life story to tell.
When you come face to weatherbeaten face with Campbell the Swaggie you see an encyclopaedia of Australian folklore.
During the 1930's depression in Australia, swagmen were a common sight. Men forced by economic circumstance to walk the back roads in search of work.
Today there is just Campbell and perhaps one other remaining, both of whom do it as a lifestyle choice.
Campbell is a consummate poet, storyteller and busker.
With a majestic voice reciting from a repertoire of more than 200 Australian poems and prose, and accompanied by an entertaining acting performance, he is a national treasure.
Reputedly the son of a Maori princess and a Scottish father, Campbell has, for the last 23 years been perfecting his craft by performing at folk festivals and country shows all around Australia.
All of his possessions in life are wrapped up in a single canvas swag.
Irving Campbell: busker, poet, writer, swaggie, entertainer,
unforgettable Antipodean character.