Banjo Paterson

Banjo Paterson

Banjo Paterson: the man who wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda’

A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson wrote the words of Australia’s unofficial National Anthem, Waltzing Matilda. But he was more than that: above all, as a journalist he was a fine war correspondent, much admired for his pithy descriptive reports from the Boer War battlefronts, where he also displayed great courage, riding hundreds of miles across the veldt to deliver his despatches. He was also a traveller, not only in the wide reaches of his own land, but to Asia and Europe.

This biography quotes at length from his exciting writing about the war and from his journalism on Australian and world affairs, and also includes a generous selection of his verses, including ‘The man from Snowy River’, ‘Clancy of the Overflow’, and of course ‘Waltzing Matilda’ – with an account of how that famous song came to be written.

Banjo Paterson: the man who wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda’ (Woodslane, ISBN 978-1-921606-07-6; HB and PB)