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17 February - Banjo Paterson, "The Man from Snowy River"

Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:47 pm
by Max ADU
Australian Birthdays Today
17th February

** A must see video below

Banjo Paterson,
born 17 Feb 1864, in Narrambla, NSW was an Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He is best known for writing "The Man from Snowy River".

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Banjo early in life
In the early years, Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson OBE was raised on a farm at Illalong, near Yass. When he was 10 years old he moved to Sydney to further his education.

Matriculating at 16, he took up the role of an articled clerk in a law firm and on 28 August 1886 Paterson was admitted as a qualified solicitor

Takes horses name
In 1885, Paterson began submitting and having his poetry published in the Sydney edition of The Bulletin under the pseudonym of "The Banjo", the name of a favourite horse.

In 1890, as "The Banjo" he wrote The Man from Snowy River, a poem which caught the heart of the nation and, in 1895, had a collection of his works published under that name. This book is the most sold collection of Australian bush poetry and is still being reprinted today.

Paterson joins the war
Paterson became a war correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age during the Second Boer War, sailing for South Africa in October 1899.

In 1908 after a trip to the United Kingdom he decided to abandon journalism and writing and moved with his family to a 40,000 acres (160 km2) property near Yass.

In World War I, Paterson failed to become a correspondent covering the fighting in Flanders, but did become an ambulance driver with the Australian Voluntary Hospital, Wimereux, France. He was commissioned in the 2nd Remount Unit, Australian Imperial Force and risen to the rank of major.

Back to doing what he did best
Returning to Australia, he continued to publish verse, short stories and essays.

He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales, where he spent much of his childhood.

One of his most famous poems is Waltzing Matilda, which was set to music and became one of Australia's most famous songs.

Others include The Man from Snowy River, which inspired a movie in 1982 and inspired a TV series in the 1990s, and Clancy of the Overflow, the tale of a Queensland drover.

Banjo Paterson's image appears on our $10 note.

Paterson died of a heart attack in Sydney on 5 February 1941 aged 76.

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Re: 17 February - Banjo Paterson, "The Man from Snowy River"

Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:57 pm
by Max ADU