Birth of Banjo Paterson

February 14, 2019

On 17 February 1864, iconic Aussie bush poet and balladist, Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson, was born near Orange, NSW. He was also an author and journalist.

With his gift for words, evoking a romantic image of Aussie bush life and the iconic bushman, Banjo Paterson shaped the Australian psyche with his bush ballads, poems and other works, including:

Australia commemorates AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson and his great contribution to Australian culture by his inclusion on our blue $10 note (with depiction of a talented, rugged-country horseman plying his trade in the background).

Celebrate the birth and life of Banjo Paterson – including the Aussie bushman and frontier, colonial, outback life he iconised – by:

  • visiting Orange to see the landmarks commemorating Banjo Paterson’s birthplace and life
  • attending the Banjo Paterson Festival in Orange this month
  • planning a visit to the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Qld
  • watching the iconic 1980s Aussie film “The Man from Snowy River” which starred Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton and Jack Thompson
  • find on-line and recite Banjo’s great poems and other works
  • taking a closer look at our Aussie $10 note and what it commemorates
  • buying yourself a treat with your ‘Banjo’ $10 note today, and/or
  • sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, country folk, fellow proud Aussies, balladists and those with a keen eye and great turn of phrase.

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