“Banjo” Paterson: His 70th Birthday [20 February 1934]

[Editor: An article about Andrew Barton (“Banjo”) Paterson.]

“Banjo” Paterson.

His 70th Birthday

“Banjo” Paterson, one of Australia’s most popular poets, who is living in Double Bay, Sydney, was 70 on Saturday. He is taking life quietly, after a rather adventurous career, during which he has seen a good deal of human nature.

He was born in Narrambla, N.S.W., and is an “old boy” of Sydney Grammar School. He started life as a solicitor in Sydney, but showed keen aptitude for journalism.

When the South African War broke out he went as correspondent for the “Sydney Morning Herald” and “The Argus”; and he represented the former newspaper in the Philippines during the Spanish American War; and in China during the Boxer rebellion.

Later he did a good deal of editorial work. He is best known for his bush ballads, the favourite of which is “The Man from Snowy River.” His one novel is “An Outback Marriage.” He writes sporting news for the “Sydney Mail.”

The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), Tuesday 20 February 1934, page 6

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