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.

Thirsty Island by Banjo Paterson

Story type: LiteratureTravellers approaching a bush township are sure to find some distance from the town a lonely public-house waiting by the roadside to give them welco ...

The Amateur Gardener by Banjo Paterson

Story type: LiteratureThe first step in amateur gardening is to sit down and consider what good you are going to get by it. If you are only a tenant by the month, as most ...

Downfall of Mulligan’s by Banjo Paterson

Story type: LiteratureThe sporting men of Mulligan’s were an exceedingly knowing lot; in fact, they had obtained the name amongst their neighbours of being a little bit t ...

The Bullock by Banjo Paterson

Story type: LiteratureThe typical Australian bullock — long-horned, sullen-eyed, stupid, and vindictive — is bred away out in Queensland, on remote stations in the Never ...

The Merino Sheep by Banjo Paterson

Story type: LiteraturePeople have got the impression that the merino is a gentle, bleating animal that gets its living without trouble to anybody, and comes up every year ...

The Cast-Iron Canvasser by Banjo Paterson

Story type: LiteratureThe firm of Sloper and Dodge, publishers and printers, was in great distress. These two enterprising individuals had worked up an enormous business ...

The Oracle by Banjo Paterson

Story type: LiteratureNo tram ever goes to Randwick races without him; he is always fat, hairy, and assertive; he is generally one of a party, and takes the centre of the ...

Done for the Double by Banjo Paterson

Story type: LiteratureChapter I. — Wanted, a PonyAlgernon de Montgomery Smythers was a merchant, wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice. Other merchants might dress more la ...

Concerning a Dog-Fight by Banjo Paterson

Story type: LiteratureDog-fighting as a sport is not much in vogue now-a-days. To begin with it is illegal. Not that THAT matters much, for Sunday drinking is also illega ...