LITERATURE

A.B.(Banjo) Paterson
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Born Andrew Barton Paterson on 17th February, 1864 at Narrambla, NSW.

Banjo Paterson
Banjo Paterson


Paterson trained as a lawyer before becoming a journalist. He was a regular contributor to The Bulletin, as was Henry Lawson, Steele Rudd and Joseph Furphy.

Banjo served as a war correspondent in the Boer War in South Africa.

The publication of his poem The Man From Snowy River met with huge success. This story was later made into a major film starring Jack Thompson as Clancy of the Overflow and Tom Burlinson as The Man.

Paterson also put the words to Australia's unofficial national anthem - Waltzing Matilda. The song was first performed in public at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, Queensland on 6th April, 1895.

Paterson died on February 5th,1941, aged 76.


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