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"Banjo" Patterson, Australian poet and author of "Waltzing Mathilda" is born in the New South Wales outback

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02/17/1864
Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, the "national poet" of Australia, famous for his song "Waltzing Mathilda," was born in the the New South Wales outback.  He went to school in Sydney and became a solicitor before starting a writing career.  He was a renowned journalist, covering the Boer War and also the First World War before enlisting and serving in France.  He died in 1941 with 221 Australian pounds in the bank. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Richard Hall (ed.), Banjo Paterson: His Poetry and Prose (St. Leonards, NSW, Australia; Allen and Unwin, 1993), np.  

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