Banjo Paterson...more than a Poet' Exhibition
Located at 43 Forbes Street, the Banjo Paterson… more than a Poet’ Exhibition was opened by the Hon Tim Fischer AO on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson. It is the only exhibition in Australia dedicated to the life and times of Banjo who was born on 17 February 1864 near Orange.
Banjo grew up on a property near Yeoval, 'Buckinbah Station', where he gathered many of the early memories of bush life that he would go on to immortalise in verse.
Some of Banjo's more notable poems include "Waltzing Matilda", "The Man from Snowy River", "Clancy of the Overflow" and “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”. Banjo’s poem "First Impressions" tells of his memories growing up in the western area of NSW.
Banjo was a well-known poet and storyteller, but many people do not realise that he was also a solicitor, First World War correspondent, newspaper editor, soldier, journalist, sports commentator, jockey, farmer and a great adventurer – thus “more than a poet”.
Even though a childhood accident left him with a shortened left arm, Banjo rowed competitively for his school and the Sydney and Balmain Rowing Clubs. He was a great horseman. He rode several winners over the hurdles at Sydney race meetings, played Polo for several Sydney clubs and was a member of the NSW Polo Team. He was also a keen cricketer and golfer.
Open seven days a week
Come along and discover the many layers to this legendary Australian character yourself at the exhibition which is open seven days a week from 9am to 3pm thanks to dedicated friendly local volunteers.
Delve into this extraordinary life via first editions, original letters, Paterson memorabilia, books, magazines and exciting items of the period, as well as fascinating hands-on items. An outstanding presentation of collectables from the city to the bush - all associated with and relating to Paterson poems and the era.