Australia

Çlancy of the Overflow

Clancy of the Overflow - A B Banjo Patterson - Australian Bush Poem

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better Knowledge,
sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,

He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
Just ‘on spec’, addressed as follows, ‘Clancy, of The Overflow’.

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
(And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
‘Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:

The Man from Snowy River

The Man from Snowy River - A B Banjo Paterson

 

There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses–he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.

Banjo Paterson

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).

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight is one tradition that is purely Australian. It began in 1937 when a radio announcer, Norman Banks, saw an old woman singing along to Christmas carols on the radio while a lone candle burned forlornly in her window.

Australian Christmas Carols

Australian Christmas Carols

Christmas is such a special time of the year and Christmas Carols are a BIG part of the Christmas feeling. The Carols listed below are specific to Australia. They include the Aussie sense of humour, the sunshine, the surf, the sand and other uniquely Aussie oddities. I hope you enjoy them as much I love them.