Australian Literary Monuments #4 - Banjo Paterson


Banjo Paterson on the Australian $10 note.

The Australian $10 note has a history of commemorating literary figures. The obverse of this current note features Mary Gilmore (I'll have a posting on her next week) and the previous version, dating from 1972, showed Henry Lawson. If you look very closely you can see some verse running across the bottom of the note. This is the first two lines from Paterson's poem "The Man from Snowy River", which starts:

There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses - he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far
Had mustered at the homestead overnight,
For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,
And the stockhorse snuffs the battle with delight.

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