Birth of Banjo Paterson

February 17, 2018

Banjo Paterson, bush poet and author, was born on this day, 17 February. Paterson shaped the Australian colonial psyche with his works, The Man from Snowy River, Clancy of the Overflow and Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, to name a few. Celebrate an Australian cultural icon today with our Action Plan.

On this day 17 February 1864, bush poet and author Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson was born near Orange, NSW. With his gift for words, evoking a romantic image of bush life and the iconic bushman, Banjo Paterson shaped the Australian psyche with his poems and bush ballads. “There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around, that the colt from old Regret had got away…” is inscribed on the Australian 10 dollar note, with Banjo Paterson’s image, to acknowledge his contribution to Australian culture.

Celebrate the bushman, Australian outback life and Banjo Paterson on 17 February by:

  • Sharing this Action Plan on Facebook or Twitter
  • Plan a visit to Orange NSW to visit the landmarks commemorating Banjo Paterson’s life, perhaps making plans to attend the Banjo Paterson Festival banjopatersonfestival.com.au
  • Watch an iconic Australian film, ‘The Man from Snowy River’ or look up on your phone/device and read with a loved one ‘The Man From Snowy River’
  • Buy yourself a treat with your ‘Banjo’ $10 note today

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