yLittle Book of Australian WildlifeMaree Bentley,
Canberra:National Library of Australia,2006Z13469422006anthology poetry 'Kangaroos, bilbies, echidnas and the mysterious thylacine - Australia's unique wildlife has captured the imaginations of artist, writers, scientist and children since the idea of a Great South Land was first expressed. Featuring poems by 'Banjo' Paterson, Jack Davis, Les Murray and John Foulcher and artwork by John Gould, Conrad Martens and Ebenezer Edward Gostelow, amongst others, this latest addition to the National Library's popular Little Book series celebrates our native fauna.' (Publisher's blurb)Canberra:National Library of Australia,2006
yBanjo Paterson : The Man Who Wrote Waltzing MatildaDerek Parker,
Warriewood:Woodslane Press,2009Z16471682009single work biography ' A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson was not simply the author of the words of Waltzing Matilda, Australia's unofficial national anthem, and many other classic ballads such as The Man from Snowy River and Clancy of the Overflow. Though it is now almost forgotten, he was a first-rate war correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald. His dispatches from the Boer War are as vivid and exciting to read today as when they were frantically scribbled under the guns of Boer sharp-shooters, and delivered on daring rides from the front to the nearest telephone office. He was a friend of 'Breaker' Morant, whose notorious trial and execution was one of the sensations of that war. He was also an expert horseman, a man who knew everything there was to be known about horses and horse-racing, winning prizes at polo matches and race meetings. Returning from South Africa, The Banjo (as he always signed himself) worked for Sydney newspapers, and travelled to China and England (where he stayed with his friend, the poet Rudyard Kipling), and for a while led a relatively sedentary life as editor of the Sydney Evening News. At the outbreak of World War One, he failed to get accreditation as a war correspondent, and served as an ambulance driver in France, and finally to Egypt where he headed a team of rough-riders and trained horses. Major Paterson came back to Sydney to edit The Sportsman and the earliest collection of traditional bush songs, and to become a popular and well-known broadcaster in the early days of radio. By the time he died everyone in Australia knew the verses of Waltzing Matilda but scarcely anyone could have told you they had been written by 'Banjo' Paterson as he had sold the copyright outright for five pounds!' Source: Dust jacket.Warriewood:Woodslane Press,2009
'The 60 poems in this collection appear in their original, or near original, form and are wide-ranging in their subject matter: animals, the countryside, the struggle of bush life, early transport, sport, growing old, being young and having fun with words! But whether they are humorous, serious or playful, they are simply a joy to read!
'No matter if we grew up reciting these classic poems at school, quote from them on important occasions or are meeting them for the first time, there is no doubt that these classic poems embody what it is to be Australian.' (From the publisher's website.)