Andrew Barton (Banjo) Patterson
Banjo Patterson was was born on the 17th of February 1864 at Narrambla near Orange, New South Wales. In 1885, Paterson began submitting and having his poetry published in the Sydney edition of The Bulletin under the pseudonym of “The Banjo”, the name of a favourite horse. Paterson’s more notable poems include “Waltzing Matilda”, “The Man from Snowy River” and “Clancy of the Overflow”.
|Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore was born on the 16th of August 1865 at Mary Vale, Woodhouselee, near Goulburn, New South Wales. Mary’s passionate desire for social reform gained political momentum in the radical and nationalist ferment of the 1890’s. Sensitive to the conventions of the day, Mary guarded her teaching career during this time by writing under noms de plume, including Em Jaycey, Sister Jaycey and Rudione Calvert. A highly popular and nationally known writer, in 1937 she became the first person to be appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire for contributions to literature.She died on the 3rd of December 1962 (Eureka Day) and, after a state funeral at St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, Macquarie Street, was cremated, her ashes being buried in her husband’s grave in the Cloncurry cemetery.