y A Vision Splendid : The Complete Poetry of A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson selected work   poetry   drama   satire   humour  
  • Author: A. B. Paterson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/paterson-a-b-banjo
Issue Details: First known date: 1990 1990
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Contents

* Contents derived from the North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1990 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Clancy of the Overflowi"I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better", A. B. Paterson , 1889 single work poetry (p. 9)
Barney Devinei"Where are you roving now, Barney Devine,", A. B. Paterson , 1983 single work poetry (p. 10)
The Flying Gang : A Railroad Songi"Oh, I served my time, in the days gone by,", A. B. Paterson , 1891 single work poetry (p. 11)
Saltbush Billi"Now this is the law of the Overland that all in the West obey,", A. B. Paterson , 1894 single work poetry

The character of "Saltbush Bill" is introduced in this poem as a drover of sheep along "the track of the Overland", who stretches the "the law of the Great Stock Routes" by allowing his sheep to make use of all the good grass they find. On the occasion described in the poem, Bill's sheep have spread across a squatter's property. A Jackaroo arrives and attempts to drive the sheep back into the accepted "space of the half-mile track". An argument and then fight ensues between Bill and the Jackaroo, and, while Bill concedes after a marathon fight, in the end he achieves his aim of finding his sheep a good feed.

(p. 12-13)
When Dacey Rode the Mulei"'Twas in a small, up-country town,", A. B. Paterson , 1893 single work poetry satire How Dacey Rode the Mule (p. 14-15)
A Bushman's Songi"I'm travellin' down the Castlereagh, and I'm a station hand,", A. B. Paterson , 1892 single work poetry (p. 16-17)
Jim Carewi"Born of a thoroughbred English race,", A. B. Paterson , 1895 single work poetry (p. 18-19)
Mulga Bill's Bicyclei"`TWAS Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze", A. B. Paterson , 1896 single work poetry humour (p. 20)
How McGinness Went Missingi"Let us cease our idle chatter,", A. B. Paterson , 1889 single work poetry (p. 21)
Saltbush Bill, J.P.i"Beyond the land where Leichhardt went,", A. B. Paterson , 1905 single work poetry

After a long life of droving Saltbush Bill is appointed a J.P. But he is disappointed to find no mention of pay until he finds, in his contract, the line "A magistrate may charge a pound/For inquest on a fire." Bill and the local indigenous population collude to make good use of this provision.

(p. 22-24)
The Silent Sheareri"Weary and listless, sad and slow", A. B. Paterson , 1983-1933 single work poetry humour (p. 25-26)
Morgan's Dogi"Morgan the drover explained,", A. B. Paterson , 1983-1933 single work poetry (p. 27)
Saltbush Bill's Second Fighti"The news came down on the Castlereagh, and went to the world at large,", A. B. Paterson , 1897 single work poetry humour

Saltbush Bill is droving his sheep towards Castlereagh and Stingy Smith, the owner of Hard Times Hill station is worried that Bill's sheep will ruin his run. He chances on a travelling tramp, and finding out the man is a fighter, arranges for him to get Bill into a fight and tells him it's "a five-pound job if you belt him well – do anything short of kill". When Bill arrives at the station, the tramp kicks his dog, starts a fight and beats Bill senseless. Bill has to recuperate for a week from his injuries, after which he and his sheep move on. It is only later that Stingy Smith comes to realise that he has been duped, and that Bill had arranged it all.

(p. 28-30)
The Man from Goondiwindi, Q.i"This is the sunburnt bushman who", A. B. Paterson , 1904 single work poetry humour (p. 31)
The Two Devinesi"It was shearing time at the Myall Lake,", A. B. Paterson , 1894 single work poetry (p. 32-33)
Saltbush Bill's Game Cocki"'Twas Saltbush Bill, with his travelling sheep, was making his way to town;", A. B. Paterson , 1898 single work poetry humour

Saltbush Bill is again droving his sheep when he happens "on Take 'Em Down, the station of Rooster Hall." Rooster Hall is a follower of cock-fighting and Bill challenges him to a contest: his Australian bird against Hall's, a "clipt and a shaven cock, the pride of his English Game". But Bill has a trick up his sleeve and wins the contest by forfeit.

(p. 34-35)
The Passing of Gundagaii"I'll introdooce a friend!" he said,", A. B. Paterson , 1902 single work poetry humour (p. 36-38)
Tommy Corrigan : Died 13 August 1894i"You talk of riders on the flat, of nerve and dash and pace!", A. B. Paterson , 1894 single work poetry (p. 39)
Saltbush Bill on the Patriarchsi"Come all ye little rouseabouts and climb upon my knee;", A. B. Paterson , 1903 single work poetry

Saltbush Bill tells the story of a successful sheep farmer using the biblical story of Isaac and Jacob as a metaphor.

(p. 40-41)
Black Harry's Teami"No soft-skinned Durham steers are they,", A. B. Paterson , 1983 single work poetry (p. 42)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

An Ideal Addition to Festive Swag Norman Talbot , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 22 December 1990; (p. 14)

— Review of A Vision Splendid : The Complete Poetry of A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson A. B. Paterson 1990 selected work poetry drama
Splendid Tribute to The Banjo John Bryant , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 December 1990; (p. B4)

— Review of A Vision Splendid : The Complete Poetry of A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson A. B. Paterson 1990 selected work poetry drama
An Ideal Addition to Festive Swag Norman Talbot , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 22 December 1990; (p. 14)

— Review of A Vision Splendid : The Complete Poetry of A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson A. B. Paterson 1990 selected work poetry drama
Splendid Tribute to The Banjo John Bryant , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 December 1990; (p. B4)

— Review of A Vision Splendid : The Complete Poetry of A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson A. B. Paterson 1990 selected work poetry drama
Last amended 15 Apr 2008 13:51:08
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