Andrew Barton Paterson ( Banjo )

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Andrew Barton Paterson was born at Narrambla Station near Orange in New South Wales in 1864. He grew up near Yass in NSW and attended school in the small town of Binalong, and later in Sydney. He started out as a lawyer's clerk before being admitted as a solicitor. After the publication of The Man From Snowy River and Other Verses in 1895, he became something of a literary celebrity in Australia. He travelled widely throughout the country and also was war correspondent in the Boer War in South Africa, and covered the Boxer Rebellion in China.

    He was later to become editor of the Sydney Evening News and then the Australian Town and Country Journal. At the outbreak of World War I he travelled to Europe to cover the conflict and served in WWI as an ambulance driver in France but was unable to get to the front ..... frustrated by this he returned to Australia and joined the Remount Service which supplied horses for the Australian cavalry in the Middle East.

    After the War he returned to Sydney, journalism and writing poetry and prose. Paterson is best remembered as the the author of Waltzing Matilda - Australia's unofficial national anthem.

    He's included in the nominal rolls ..... and finished the war as a Major !

    Lt Andrew Paterson
    2 Australian Remount Unit
    Embarked HMAT Orsova, 10.11.15, Sydney
    Also known as Banjo Paterson.

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