We don’t usually equate Banjo Paterson with children’s poetry, but he did produce quite a few! 

Assistant-Curator of Manuscripts, Bronwyn Ryan, talks about one of the Banjo’s children’s poems, The Animals Noah Forgot – believed to have been written for his grandchildren – and shares why she loves working with the National Library’s literary manuscript collections. 

The National Library of Australia is proud to be the custodian of the papers of A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson (1864-1941). 

Collection material featured in this video: 

  • A. B. Paterson and illustrated by Norman Lindsay, The Animals Noah Forgot, 1933 

  • Typed drafts of The Animals Noah Forgot with handwritten amendments, c.1933 

  • Notebook with draft verses and fragments for The Animals Noah Forgot, 1933 

All images and items belong to the collection, Papers of Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson, 1807-1950nla.cat-vn8047102 

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