Andrew Barton "Banjo" Patterson

Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson was born on 17 February 1864 near Orange, New South Wales on a property called Narrambla. He was the oldest son of Andrew Bogle Paterson and Rose Isabella Barton (relation of our first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton). Banjo Paterson grew up to be a Journalist, War Correspondent, Author and Bush Poet. He married Alice Emily Walker on 8 April 1903 and had two children – Grace (1904) and Hugh (1905).

Over the years he wrote some of the most memorable bush poetry such as The Man from Snowy River, Clancy of the Overflow, Mulga Bills Bicycle, The Man from Ironbark and Waltzing Matilda. Many say that he was always in friendly rivalry with Henry Lawson, trying to write more and better than Henry could. This could account for the amount of poems he wrote over the years, the quality of which noone will deny once reading them.

Banjo died from a heart attack on 5 February 1941. He is buried in the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium in Sydney.


A Ballad of Ducks
A Bunch of Roses
A Bush Christening
A Bush Lawyer
A Bushman’s Song
A Change of Menu
A Dogs Mistake
A Dream of the Melbourne Cup
A Mountain Station
A Singer of the Bush
A Song of the Pen
A Triolet
Ambition and Art
An Emu Hunt
An Idyll of Dandaloo
Angels Kiss (The)
Any Other Time
At the Melting of the Snow
Australia Today 1916
Australian Scenery
Ave Caesar
Ballad of MT Nutt and his Dog (The)
Been there Before
Behind the Scenes
Black Swans
Brumby’s Run
Buffalo Country
Bushfire – An Allegory (The)
Clancy of the Overflow
Conroys Gap
Daylight is Dying
Do they Know
Duties of an Aide-de-Camp (The)
Father Rileys Horse
Fed Up
First Surveyor (The)
Flying Gang (The)
Frogs in Chorus
Geebung Polo Club (The)
Hard Luck
He Giveth his Beloved Sleep
High Explosive
How M’Ginnis went Missing
In the Droving Days
Investigating Flora
Jim Carew
Johnsons Antidote
Last Parade (The)
Lung Fish (The)
Man from Goondiwindi (The)
Man from Ironbark (The)
Man from Snowy River (The)
Moving On
Mulga Bills Bicycle
Old Man Platypus
Old Pardon the Son of Reprieve
Old Schooldays
On the Trek
Only a Jockey
Opening of the Railway Line
Our New Horse
Out of Sight
Over the Range
Pearl Diver (The)
Plains (The)
Policeman G
Riders in the Stand
Road to Gundagai (The)
Road to Old Mans Town (The)
Rum Parade (The)
Santa Claus
Santa Claus in the Bush
Song of the Australians in Action
Song of the Federation
Sunrise on the Coast
Swinging the Lead
There’s another Blessed Horse fell down
Tommy Corrigan
Uncle Bill
Waltzing Matilda
Wargeilah Handicap (The)
We’re all Australians now
White Cockatoos
Why the Jackass Laughs
Wisdom of Hafiz
With French to Kimberley
With the Cattle
Wreck of the Golfer (The)
When Dacey rode the Mule