Banjo Paterson

Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson, CBE (17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941) was an Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales, where he spent much of his childhood. Paterson’s more notable poems include “Clancy of the Overflow” (1889), “The Man from Snowy River” (1890) and “Waltzing Matilda” (1895), regarded widely as Australia’s unofficial national anthem.

The Wild Colonial Boy by Banjo Paterson

‘Tis of a wild Colonial boy, Jack Doolan was his name,Of poor but honest parents he was born in Castlemaine.He was his father’s only hope, his mother’s only joy,And dearl ...

John Gilbert (bushranger) by Banjo Paterson

[He and his gang stuck up the township of Canowindra for two days in 1859.](Air: “Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.”)John Gilbert was a bushranger of terrible re ...

Another Fall Of Rain by Banjo Paterson

(Air: “Little Low Log Cabin in the Lane.”)The weather had been sultry for a fortnight’s time or more,And the shearers had been driving might and main,For some had got the ...

Bold Jack Donahoo by Banjo Paterson

In Dublin town I was brought up, in that city of great fame-My decent friends and parents, they will tell to you the same.It was for the sake of five hundred pounds I was ...

Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo by Banjo Paterson

(Air: “Wearing of the Green.”)If you want a situation, I’ll just tell you the planTo get on to a station, I am just your very man.Pack up the old portmanteau, and label i ...

The Stringy-Bark Cockatoo by Banjo Paterson

I’m a broken-hearted miner, who loves his cup to drain,Which often times has caused me to lie in frost and rain.Roaming about the country, looking for some work to do,I g ...

The Eumerella Shore by Banjo Paterson

There’s a happy little valley on the Eumerella shore,Where I’ve lingered many happy hours away,On my little free selection I have acres by the score,Where I unyoke the bu ...

Immigration by Banjo Paterson

[Mr. Jordan was sent to England by the Queensland Government in 1858, 1859, and 1860 to lecture on the advantages of immigration, and told the most extraordinary tales ab ...

The Squatter’s Man by Banjo Paterson

Come, all ye lads an’ list to me,That’s left your homes an’ crossed the sea,To try your fortune, bound or free,All in this golden land.For twelve long months I had to pac ...