TOURS

At the Banjo Paterson... more than a Poet' Exhibition

Both guided tours and acoustiguide audio tours are available at the Banjo Paterson… more than a Poet’ Exhibition. Delve into Banjo’s extraordinary life via first editions, original letters, Paterson memorabilia, books, magazines and exciting items of the period, as well as captivating hands-on items.

The exhibit is an outstanding presentation of collectables from the city to the bush - all associated with and relating to the legendary Paterson poems and the fascinating era in which he lived.

Informative, entertaining and educational, the acoustiguide is a 22 stop guide outlining the wonderful life of Banjo. The hand-held unit is included in the exhibit admission cost.

Guided tours are available for groups on request. Please contact the Exhibition to book.

BANJO PATERSON BUSH PARK – YEOVAL

Sculpture Tour

Take a self-guided easy walking tour of the sculptures in the park…

Starting at the front of the museum, the self-guided walking tour of the sculptures in the Banjo Paterson Bush Park is an enjoyable and easy stroll. Follow the list below or download the full tour in the link supplied.

1. The Banjo Bronze

Take in the magnificent detail of the 3 metre bronze sculpture of Major Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson which stands on the front lawn of the museum. Sculpted by Paul Smits in Melbourne, the bronze was unveiled in February 2021 for the 157th anniversary of the birth of Banjo.

2. The Banjo Paterson Hat

Directly across the road from the museum, is the large steel hat modelled on the Akubra Heritage Collection - Banjo Paterson hat which was donated by Chris Gryllis of Orange. Check out the resident swagman “Andy” who doesn’t say much but is an exceptionally good listener.

3. The World Youth Garden

Behind the Banjo Paterson Hat is a garden of Australian trees and shrubs planted by a young Irish group who were billeted in the Yeoval area prior to the World Youth Caring For Creation Conference held in Sydney in 2011.

4. The Bronze Head

The large Bronze Head along the front of the Banjo Paterson Bush Park is the tallest bronze sculpture in Australia. Standing at 6 metres tall and weighing 6 tonnes, it is the abstract head of the great English sculptor Henry Moore. Designed by Merin Cherin, the sculpture was donated by the Waterhouse family.

5. The Sandstone Billy Sculpture

Approximately 100 metres east of the Bronze Head is a sandstone sculpture depicting a billy can on an open fire with the wording “And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled”. This sculpture was carved by hand for the Mulga Bill Festival in 2010 by Colin Fenn of Duramana near Bathurst.

6. The 6 Totem Poles

Heading down the hill and over the roadway is a series of 6 totem poles made from clay tiles. These were made, sculptured, cured and then fired at Yeoval Central School by members of the community in 2008 in conjunction with ROGUE SCULPTORS and Arts OutWest.

7. The 4 Slate Picnic Seats

Walking down to the Buckinbah Creek there are 4 magnificent sculpture picnic seats along the bank. These were also hand carved by Colin Fenn of Duramana. The first records Paterson’s memory of his childhood years in Yeoval and the others each depict a Paterson poem.

8. The Mosaic Arch

The Mosaic Arch, entitled Spirit of the Day and Night, was donated to the park by the Public Art Squad.

9. The Holden Ute

North of the Bronze Head there is a Holden Ute entitled Tribeute Too. Sponsored by Regional Arts NSW, the ute is painted in Aboriginal motifs and was designed by the Dubbo based artist Lewis Burns at the 2010 Mulga Bill Festival. The ute points the way to the famous Utes in the Paddock art display at Condobolin.

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BANJO PATERSON

more than a poet

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