On this day, 26 April in 1890, iconic Aussie bush poet and balladist, Banjo Paterson, first published his legendary poem “The Man from Snowy River” (in an Australian news magazine called “The Bulletin”).
The poem is set in the hilly NSW countryside near (now) Burrinjuck Dam on the Murrumbidgee River in the 1880s – around 100kms north-west of where Canberra is now. The poem commemorates a talented horseman – having learned his craft in the more treacherous grazing high country (another Aussie icon we have been largely cut off from) – whose sublime skills and courage enables the recapture of a colt of a prize-winning race-horse that had recently escaped and joined the local brumbies.
Australia commemorates Banjo (Andrew Barton) Paterson and his most famous poem by inclusion on the blue $10 note.
So, for the day after ANZAC Day, in tribute to Banjo’s inaugural publication of his most famous poem:
- watch 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 poem (or indeed his other ones)
- take a closer look at our Aussie $10 note and what it commemorates
- share this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, country folk and fellow patriots.