Interesting Facts About A.B. (Banjo) Paterson
- Banjo Paterson's real name was Andrew Barton Paterson. His family's nickname for him was Barty.
- You can see a likeness of him on the Australian ten dollar note and if you look really closely, there's some fine print of the opening stanza from The Man From Snowy River, "There was movement at the station for the word had passed around..."
- As well as being a poet, at various times in his life he was also a journalist, a lawyer, a jockey, a soldier and a farmer.
- "The Lachlan" referred to in Clancy of the Overflow ("I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better Knowledge sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago....") is a river but also describes the area through which the river runs. It flows through Central New South Wales, starting at Crookwell and ending at Oxley. It's beautiful, big sky country perhaps at its best during Spring. Garden enthusiasts will be interested to know that in 1947, the famous Australian gardener Edna Walling designed and built two gardens in the area, one in the town of Crookwell and the other about 20kms out, at Markdale.
- Ironbark, as in The Man From Ironbark refers to the town of Stuart Town on the Central Western Slopes of NSW. It's 380 km north-west of Sydney, full of sheep and cattle farms and the town was established with the arrival of the railway in 1879. Settlement commenced during the gold rush years of the 1870's and the area was originally known as Ironbark, after the trees that grew there.
- There are also Banjo Paterson poems on our CD called Favourite Australian Poems and live versions of Clancy of the Overflow, The Man From Snowy River, The Geebung Polo Club and The Man from Ironbark on the CDS Jack Thompson, Live at the Gearin and Jack Thompson, Live at the Lighthouse
The Bush Poems of A.B. (Banjo) Paterson
The Battlefield Poems of A.B. (Banjo) Paterson