Banjo Paterson Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Jan 31, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on May 19, 2022
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About Banjo Paterson

On February 17, 1864, Andrew Barton' Banjo' Paterson was born.
Paterson was a popular Australian bush poet. Banjo Paterson was also an author and journalist.
With popular poems and ballads, Banjo Paterson earned himself a successful career as a poet. His works mostly focused on Australia's rural and outback areas and Australian life. His works would also repeatedly mention the district around Binalong, New South Wales. His most notable poems include 'The Man from Snowy River', 'Waltzing Matilda', and 'Clancy of the Overflow'.

Banjo Paterson's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Banjo Paterson's net worth?

The net worth of Banjo Paterson has been estimated to be around $1.5 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Banjo Paterson?

There is no relevant information regarding Banjo Paterson's height.

How old was Banjo Paterson?

At the time of his death, Banjo Paterson was 76 years old.

Childhood And Education

Born in Narrambla, near Orange, New South Wales, Andrew Barton was the firstborn of the Scottish immigrant Andrew Bogle Paterson and his Australian mother, Rose Isabella Barton. His mother was related to the first Australian Prime Minister, Edmund Barton.
Initially, Paterson was home-schooled by a governess until he could ride a pony. He attended Bingalong Bush School and later, in 1874, he was moved to Sydney Grammar School, where he performed exceptionally in academics and sports and learned horse riding.
Paterson had to leave Sydney Grammar School after failing a scholarship examination for the University of Sydney.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Banjo Paterson's partner?

Banjo Paterson was married to Alice Emily Walker in 1903 and the couple had two children together, named Grace and Hugh.

Career And Professional Highlights

The 'Waltzing Matilda' writer's first job was as a law clerk at a Sydney-based firm and in 1886, he was admitted as a solicitor. During the same time, Paterson had also started writing from 1885. His poems were published in the literary journal 'The Bulletin'.
Paterson would popularly appear under the pseudonym 'The Banjo' for the next decade. Being one of the most prominent writers of the ’90s, he developed friendships with other notable Australian writers, including E.J. Brady, Henry Lawson, and Harry 'Breaker' Morant.
In 1899, during the Second Boer War, Paterson worked for 'The Sydney Morning Herald' and 'The Age' as a war correspondent. Paterson also served as a correspondent during the Boxer Rebellion. Between 1904 and 1906, Paterson worked as the editor for the 'Sydney Evening News' and then between 1907 and 1908 for the 'Town and Country Journal'.
However, Paterson failed at becoming the correspondent covering the battles at Flanders in World War I and instead became an ambulance driver. In 1915, he returned home to Australia and went on three voyages to Africa, Egypt, and China.
On October 18, 1915, he was appointed to the second Remount Unit, Australian Imperial Force, serving initially in France and later as commander of the unit in Cairo, Egypt. Having risen to the rank of Major, he was repatriated to Australia in April 1919.
After Paterson published 'The Man from Snowy River' and five other ballads in the journal 'The Bulletin,' he quickly became a common household name. 
Paterson's famous works include 'Waltzing Matilda', 'The Daylight is Dying', 'Last Week', 'Old Bush Songs', and 'The Drover's Wife'.
Banjo Paterson was also a fiction writer and authored novels 'The Shearer's Colt' and 'An Outback Marriage' and numerous short stories, including 'Three Elephant Power and Other Stories'.
In 1934, Paterson had also written a book entirely based on his experiences during the wars and had also written a children's book titled 'The Animals Noah Forgot'.

Best Known For…

Banjo Paterson is best remembered as an Australian poet, fiction writer, and journalist who has delivered notable works that include 'The Man from Snowy River' and 'Waltzing Matilda'.

Banjo Paterson's Hobbies And Interests

Apart from composing poems and writing fiction, Banjo Paterson also enjoyed horse riding.

Other Interesting Banjo Paterson's Facts And Trivia

  • Banjo Paterson can be seen on the Australian $10 note with an illustration created from 'The Man from Snowy River'.
  • Paterson was also honored on an Australian postage stamp in 1981.
  • He named himself 'Banjo' after a racehorse owned by his family.
  • He has also been honored with the naming of A.B. Paterson College, Arundel, Australia, named after him.
  • The Sydney Grammar School's A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson Library has also been named after him.
  • The creator of the household song, 'Waltzing Matilda', passed away on February 5, 1941, and currently rests at the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium.

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Banjo Paterson Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Andrew Barton Paterson

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Place of Birth

Narrambla,' Orange, New South Wales


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Poet, Journalist, Lawyer, Author


Binalong Bush School, Sydney Grammar School

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Alice Emily Walker


Rose Isabella Barton, Andrew Bogle Paterson


Rose Florence Lumsdaine, Emily Jessie Paterson, Mary Edith Paterson, Grace Sterling Paterson, Gwendoline Alexa Paterson, Hamilton Howison Paterson
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Written by Joan Agie

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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