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Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (1864 - 1941) was an Australian poet and journalist, best known for his poems depicting Australian bush life, which include "Waltzing Matilda", "Clancy of the Overflow" and "The Man From Snowy River".

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Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (1864 - (17 February 1864 5 February 1941) was an Australian poet and journalist, best known for his poems depicting Australian bush life, which include "Waltzing Matilda", "Clancy of the Overflow" and "The Man From Snowy River".

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* ToTheTuneOf: Waltzing Matilda (as a song rather than as a poem) is set to an older piece of music known as ''The Craigielee March''


* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In "Waltzing Matilda", when the police call around to ask some pointed questions about missing livestock:
-->Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong[[note]]a small body of water formerly part of a flowing river[[/note]]\\
"You'll never catch me alive!" said he

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In "Waltzing Matilda", when the police call around to ask some pointed questions about missing livestock:
-->Up jumped
livestock, the swagman and sprang into the billabong[[note]]a small body of water formerly part of a flowing river[[/note]]\\
swagman's response is to shout "You'll never catch me alive!" said heand drown himself in the nearest body of water.


-->Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong\\

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-->Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong\\billabong[[note]]a small body of water formerly part of a flowing river[[/note]]\\


* SpinOffspring: Jackie French wrote a novel about the daughter of The Man From Snowy River called, predictably, ''The Girl From Snowy River''.

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* SpinOffspring: Jackie French wrote a novel about the daughter of The Man From Snowy River called, predictably, ''The Girl From Snowy River''.


* BetterToDieThanBeKilled
* CouldntFindAPen
* DangerouslyCloseShave

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled
BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In "Waltzing Matilda", when the police call around to ask some pointed questions about missing livestock:
-->Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong\\
"You'll never catch me alive!" said he
* CouldntFindAPen
CouldntFindAPen: In "Clancy of the Overflow", after the narrator writes to Clancy:
-->And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected\\
(And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
* DangerouslyCloseShaveDangerouslyCloseShave: In "The Man from Ironbark", a barber plays a trick of this trope on a country yokel. The barber makes the man ''think'' his throat is cut by heating up the back of a barber's blade and drawing it across newly-shaven skin. The feeling that is left is as if the throat is cut. This ... doesn't go well.



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* ProductPlacementProductPlacement: "Waltzing Matilda" was bought from Banjo Paterson by the Billy Tea company, who changed one of the lines from "And leading a water bag" to "And waited till his Billy boiled" for the purposes of promoting their product. The latter is now the better-known version. (Note: The company is named after the billy can, a device used by Australian travellers to boil water over a campfire. The line "waited till his Billy boiled" is thus cunningly ambiguous.)

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Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (1864 - 1941) was an Australian poet and journalist, best known for his poems depicting Australian bush life, which include "Waltzing Matilda", "Clancy of the Overflow" and "The Man From Snowy River".

"Waltzing Matilda" is sometimes called the unofficial Australian national anthem. A [[Film/TheManFromSnowyRiver 1982 film version of "The Man From Snowy River"]] itself inspired a sequel, a television series, and a large-scale theatrical musical.

Banjo Paterson and "The Man From Snowy River" appear on the Australian $10 note. (Which is to say, there is a picture of the man from Snowy River, but there is also the full text of the poem itself, in very small print, as part of the copy protection.)
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!! Banjo Paterson's works provides examples of:
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled
* CouldntFindAPen
* DangerouslyCloseShave
* DownerEnding: "Waltzing Matilda"
* InevitableCrossover: All of Paterson's works were nominally set in the real world, and therefore implicitly part of the same continuity, but it's notable that when a group of famously great horse riders gathers in "The Man From Snowy River", all the named riders are returning characters from earlier poems.
* LineOfSightName: What the youngster in "A Bush Christening" gets stuck with after the turmoil causes the priest to forget what name his parents had chosen.
* ProductPlacement
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: The original "Banjo" was a racehorse owned by Paterson's family.
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