Next year he was appointed editor of the Sydney Evening News. Although coming from a family of pioneer landholders who, by their industry had achieved some substance, Paterson wrote for all who were battling in the face of flood, drought and disaster. He was ideally suited to his duties and, promoted major, commanded the Australian Remount Squadron from October until he returned to Australia in mid Jose to whom Robertson confided: 'It is amazing that a prince of raconteurs like Banjo should be such a messer with the pen'. Here he wrote 'Waltzing Matilda' which was to become Australia's best-known folk song.
While on holiday in Queensland late inPaterson stayed with friends at Dagworth station, near Winton. View the front s for Volume Select Bibliography S. Barker edDear Robertson Syd, R. Campbell and P. Harvie compilersA. He retired from active journalism in to devote his leisure to creative writing.
After the war Paterson d journalism; he contributed to the Sydney Mail and Smith's Weekly and in became editor of a racing journal, the Sydney Sportsman —an appointment he found highly congenial. As a young man Paterson ed enthusiastically in the Sydney social and sporting scene, and was much sought after for his companionship. On 8 April he married Alice Emily, daughter of W. Walker of Tenterfield station. He wrote twelve ball from his war experiences, the best known of which are 'Johnny Boer' and 'With French to Kimberley'.
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Ballad-writer, horseman, bushman, overlander, squatter—he helped to make the Australian legend. By the verdict of the Australian people, and by his own conduct and precept, Paterson was, in every sense, a great Australian. Black hair, dark eyes, a long, finely articulated nose, an ironic mouth, a dark pigmentation of the skin … His eyes, as eyes must be, were his most distinctive feature, slightly hooded, with a glance that looked beyond one as he talked'.
When World War I began, Paterson immediately sailed for England, hoping unsuccessfully to cover the fighting in Flanders as war correspondent. His father had had verses published in the Bulletinsoon after its foundation in Paterson began writing verses as a law student; his first poem, 'El Mahdi to the Australian Troops', was published in the Bulletin in February Adopting the pen name 'The Banjo' taken from the name of a station racehorse owned by his familyhe became one of that sodality of Bulletin writers and artists for which the s are remarkable in Australian literature, forming friendships with E.
He helped Henry Lawson to draw up contracts with publishers and indulged in a friendly rhyming battle with him in the Bulletin over the attractions or otherwise of bush life. At picnic race meetings and polo matches, he saw in action accomplished horsemen from the Murrumbidgee and Snowy Mountains country which generated his lifelong enthusiasm for horses and horsemanship and eventually the writing of his famous equestrian ball. His most important journalistic opportunity came with the outbreak of the South African War when he was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age as their war correspondent; he sailed for South Africa in October Attached to General French's column, for nine months Paterson was in the thick of the fighting and his graphic s of the key campaigns included the surrender of Bloemfontein he was the first correspondent to ride into that townthe capture of Pretoria and the relief of Kimberley.
National Library of Australia, Andrew Barton Banjo Patersonpoet, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and soldier, was born on 17 February at Narrambla near Orange, New South Wales, eldest of seven children of Andrew Bogle Paterson d. The quality of his reporting attracted the notice of the English press and he was appointed as a correspondent also for the international news agency, Reuters, an honour which he especially cherished in his later years.
Yet, in his lifetime, he was a living part of that legend in that, with the rare touch of the genuine folk-poet, and in words that seemed as natural as breathing, he made a balladry of the scattered lives of back-country Australians and immortalized them.
Paterson was a keen tennis player and an accomplished oarsman, but his chief delight was horsemanship. He also wrote his delightfully whimsical book of children's poems, The Animals Noah Forgot That year he was appointed C. He died, after a short illness, on 5 February and was cremated with Presbyterian forms.
On the night of Paterson's death, Vance Palmer broadcasted a tribute: 'He laid hold both of our affections and imaginations; he made himself a vital part of the country we all know and love, and it would not only have been a poorer country but one far less united in bonds of intimate feeling, if he had never lived and written'. When he was 7 the family moved to Illalong in the Yass district.
The book was as much praised in England as in Australia: The Times compared Paterson with Rudyard Kipling who himself wrote to congratulate the publishers. During his schooldays in Sydney Paterson lived at Gladesville with his widowed grandmother Emily May Barton, sister of Sir John Darvall and a well-read woman who fostered his love of poetry. After lessons in his early years from a governess, once he was able to ride a pony he attended the bush school at Binalong. In following years he became a successful broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Commission on his travels and experiences.
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He was by now a celebrated and respected citizen of Sydney, most often seen at the Australian Club where he had long been a member and where his portrait now hangs. In most of his poems were assembled in Collected Versewhich has been reprinted many times. Almost immediately promoted captain, he served in the Middle East. Paterson returned to Australia in September and sailed for China in July as a roving correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Paterson's identity as 'The Banjo' was at last revealed and he became a national celebrity overnight. He saw life through the eyes of old Kiley who had to watch the country he had pioneered turned over to the mortgagees, of Saltbush Bill fighting a well-paid overseer for grass for his starving sheep, of Clancy of the Overflow riding contentedly through the smiling western plains:. His father, a lowland Scot, had migrated to New South Wales abouteventually taking up Buckinbah station at Obley in the Orange district.
In his granddaughters published a two-volume complete edition of Paterson's works, including hitherto unpublished material. He left a legacy for future generations in his objective, if sometimes sardonic, appreciation of the outback: that great hinterland stretching down from the Queensland border through the western plains of New South Wales to the Snowy Mountains—so vast a country that the lonely rider was seen as 'a speck upon a waste of plain'. He rode to hounds with the Sydney Hunt Club, became one of the colony's best polo players and as an amateur rider competed at Randwick and Rosehill.
This was Paterson's land of contrasts: 'the plains are all awave with grass, the skies are deepest blue', but also the 'fiery dust-storm drifting and the mocking mirage shifting'; 'waving grass and forest trees on sunlit plains as wide as seas', but the 'drought fiend' too, and the cattle left lying 'with the crows to watch them dying'.
He drove an ambulance attached to the Australian Voluntary Hospital, Wimereux, France, before returning to Australia early in As honorary vet with a certificate of competency he made three voyages with horses to Africa, China and Egypt and on 18 October was commissioned in the 2nd Remount Unit, Australian Imperial Force.
In the next few years he travelled extensively through the Northern Territory and other areas, writing of his experiences in prose and verse for the Sydney Mailthe Pastoralists' Reviewthe Australian Town and Country Journal and the Lone Handas well as the Bulletin.
The title-poem had swept the colonies when it was first published in April The book had a remarkable reception: the first edition sold out in the week of publication and copies in a few months; its particular achievement was to establish the bushman in the national consciousness as a romantic and archetypal figure. Wounded in Aprilhe reed his unit in July.
Norman Lindsay in Bohemians of the Bulletin remembered him as a 'tall man with a finely built, muscular body, moving with the ease of perfectly co-ordinated reflexes.
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There he met G. He went on to England where he met again his old friend of Bulletin days, the cartoonist Phil Mayand spent some time as Kipling's guest at his Sussex home. In he had collaborated with Ernest Truman in the production of an operatic farce, Club Lifeand in was an editor of the Antipodeana literary magazine.
In he was sent to Sydney Grammar School where in he shared the junior Knox prize with Sir George Richand matriculated aged After failing a University of Sydney scholarship examination, Paterson served the customary articles of clerkship with Herbert Salwey and was admitted as a solicitor on 28 August ; for ten years from about he practised in partnership with John William Street.
His wife and children survived him.
They settled at Woollahra where a daughter Grace was born in and a son Hugh in Paterson reed his editorship in He had enjoyed his newspaper activities and had produced an edition of folk ball, Old Bush Songswhich he had researched for some years; he had also written a novel, An Outback Marriagewhich had first appeared as a serial in the Melbourne Leader in But the call of the country could not be resisted and he took over a property of 40, acres 16, haCoodra Vale, near Wee Jasper, where he wrote an unpublished treatise on racehorses and racing.
The pastoral venture was not a financial success and Paterson briefly tried wheat-farming near Grenfell. Barty, as he was known to his family and friends, enjoyed a bush boyhood.