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ANDREW BARTON BANJO PATERSON – THE POET

 

ANDREW BARTON (BANJO) PATERSON – THE POET

 

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Andrew Barton Paterson was born on 17 February 1864 in 'outback Australia' at a property near

Orange, NSW called 'Narrambla'. This was the property of his mother's Aunt.  His early years were spent on a property, near Obley, NSW (between Dubbo and Parkes) called 'Buckinbah'. When he was seven years of age his family moved to 'Illalong' near Yass, NSW.

 

Interestingly, in ‘Singer of the Bush’ written by his two GrandDaughters, the story is told that during that move to Illalong, the family met a Minister of Religion at Little Hartley and took the opportunity to have Andrew (known in the family as Barty) christened. This theme recurred many years later in his poem, A Bush Christening (read here by Wayne Jarman).

 

 

 

 

However, some years ago, while touring in the Orange area, Lindi and I picked up a tourist pamphlet that claimed a Christening entry at a local church for Andrew Paterson. We didn’t have time to confirm the claim but you have to wonder if the storyteller was telling another story. (To be researched further.)

 

At ten years of age, he went to live with his Grandmother in Gladesville, Sydney to further his schooling, only returning to Illalong during school holidays.

 

To be continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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