THE LARGEST BRONZE SCULPTURE IN AUSTRALIA
Whilst in the Banjo Paterson…more than a Poet Museum pick up a guide to the Banjo Paterson Bush Park sculptures - all of which are in the park across the road. There are 10 in all, ranging from the Banjo Hat to a Holden Ute.
The centerpiece of the sculptures is the 6 metre tall bronze sculpture of the head of the great English sculptor Henry Moore. It’s the largest bronze sculpture in Australia and weighs 6 tonnes. It was cast in Tai...wan and brought to Australia by its creator Drago Marin Cherina. Croatian born, he came to Australia at the invitation of the Whitlam Government to create sculptures for the National Capital. A student of Henry Moore, Drago Marin Cherina described his Master as larger than life and to support this statement he cut the sculpture into 5 pieces and rejoined together in an expanded form emphasizing “larger than life”. Valued at $1m it, was donated to the Banjo Paterson Bush Park by racing Patriarch Mr. Bill Waterhouse.
Now the centre of attention in the park, it’s well worthwhile taking the short walk and if you have the time Google Drago Marin Cherina and all his works. Plan to have a light lunch or a delightful Devonshire Tea before or after your walk.
WALTZING MATILDA WITH “ANDY”
When visiting the Banjo Paterson…more than a Poet Museum it’s a must to cross the road to the Banjo Paterson Bush Park and the Giant Banjo Paterson Hat opposite. Donated to the Yeoval community by past Orange Deputy Mayor Mr. Chris Gryllis, it is lifted up on pole supports with a picnic table beneath where you can sit and have your photo taken with ANDY the swagman who sits there every day awaiting visitors for photos.
ANDY was created by the Borenore Men’s Shed and donated to Yeoval for photo shoots. He took his name from the traditional Banjo Paterson song Waltzing Matilda. “Ändy sang as he watched, Andy waited till his billy boiled”. He now sits in a comfortable wheelchair - making moving him across the road and back of an evening very easy.
BOOKS AT THE BANJO PATERSON …MORE THAN A POET MUSEUM
Second hand bookshops have a wonderful attraction to me with one of my favorites being the Cooks Hill Bookshop, Darby Street in Newcastle. They have a great range of subjects and one can always find a “Treasure” or two at very reasonable prices.
Amongst the collection of books I collected last weekend was Tales of Old Gundagai written by the past President of the Gundagai and District Historical Society, published 1979. It contains a short Item titled Kiley’s Run and adds another page to the history of Paterson poems. It tells the poems history and shows again that most Paterson poems are quite often written using a familiar name with snippets of truth and a lot of poetic imagination and licence - all rolled up to tell an interesting poetic story.
In our collection of A B “Banjo” Paterson books we have an extensive collection of all his books, paying special attention to one of each edition commencing with one of the first “Man From Snowy River” books to come off the press in 1895 which is autographed by Paterson.
Call in and enjoy the whole Exhibition usually open every day 9am to 3pm.
Do you have visitors coming or looking for an outing this weekend or indeed any weekend? Take a trip to the small village of Yeoval centrally located at the centre of Orange, Parkes and Dubbo.
The award-winning Clancy’s Café is located within the Banjo Paterson …more than a Poet Museum. Allow an hour or two to explore this unique collection of Paterson stories, photos, memorabilia and original letters and manuscripts. Then enjoy a cuppa and a light lunch or a delightful, made on the premises, fresh scone, jam and cream.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Museum is called “More than a Poet” because of the many sports and adventures across the world that Andrew Barton Paterson became involved over his lifetime, especially in his sporting ability, remembering that a childhood accident left him with a shortened left arm.
Paterson rowed competitively for his school and the Sydney and Balmain Rowing Clubs. A great horseman, he rode several winners over the hurdles at Sydney race meetings, he played Polo for several Sydney clubs and was a member of the NSW Polo Team. Other sports include cricket, golf and on the side of arts he played the violin as a school student.
A LETTER IN TIME
Old historic letters are mainly tucked away behind the scenes of Museums unseen and mainly forgotten.
This letter is on full view at the Banjo Paterson…more than a Poet Museum in Yeoval NSW.
Just think about it for a minute, do you have any letters written to you or your parents say 50 years ago? Well our Andrew Paterson and James Paterson letters were written nearly 170 years ago - over 10 years before Banjo was born.
These letters written by his Father and Uncle to their faraway Bank in native Scotland have survived through a remarkable twist being stored because of the hobby of an American stamp collector to whom the name Paterson meant nothing.
It’s one of many historical items held in the Banjo Paterson … more than a Poet Museum. Organise a visit - stay for a cuppa or light lunch at our Clancy’s Café.