In a new series, Assistant-Curator of Manuscripts, Bronwyn Ryan, gives viewers a glimpse into Banjo Paterson’s last remaining papers not already held in a public institution.

This week Bronwyn discusses who A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson was behind the words. As well as being a lawyer and poet, he was a husband and father, and the collection includes some of his personal letters to members of his family and a selection of candid family photographs.

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

The letters mentioned in this video are:

  • 21 February 1912, Banjo Paterson writes to his wife Alice from Grenfell expressing his wish that his family was with him.
  • 1 April 1909, Banjo Paterson writes to his wife Alice from Wee Jasper discussing what their children had been doing.
  • 26 February 1918, Banjo Paterson writes to his daughter Grace from Egypt where he was then stationed during the First World War, advising that Alice had arrived safely in Egypt but also providing some advice to Grace about writing.

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

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