Andrew Paterson

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Andrew Paterson in 1935

Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (February 17, 1864April 5, 1941) was a famous Australian bush poet and author.


  • He hails from Snowy River, up by Kosciusko's side,
    Where the hills are twice as steep, and twice as rough;
    Where the horse's hoofs strike firelight from the flintstones every stride,
    The man that holds his own is good enough.
    And the Snowy River riders on the mountains make their home,
    Where the river runs those giant hills between;
    I have seen full many horsemen since I first commenced to roam,
    But nowhere yet such horsemen have I seen.
  • It was the man from Ironbark who struck the Sydney town,
    He wandered over street and park, he wandered up and down.
    He loitered here, he loitered there, till he was like to drop,
    Until at last in sheer despair he sought a barber's shop.
    "Ere! shave my beard and whiskers off, I'll be a man of mark,
    I'll go and do the Sydney toff up home in Ironbark."
  • The barber man was small and flash, as barbers mostly are,
    He wore a strike-your-fancy sash, he smoked a huge cigar;
    He was a humorist of note and keen at repartee,
    He laid the odds and kept a "tote", whatever that may be,
    And when he saw our friend arrive, he whispered, "Here's a lark!
    Just watch me catch him all alive, this man from Ironbark."
    • The Man From Ironbark.


  • Concerning Henry Lawson and their feud in The Bulletin over the virtues of life in the bush: I think Lawson put his case better than I did, but I had the better case, so that honours (or dishonours) were fairly equal.
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