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:
- The Man from Snowy River
- Clancy of the Overflow
- Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, and
- Waltzing Matilda (some say Australia’s unofficial national anthem).
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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