A B Paterson

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First name: A

Middle name: B

Last name: Paterson

Personal information:

A.B. (Banjo) Paterson, 1864-1941, poet, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and soldier was the author of 'The Man from Snowy River' and other bush ballads. At the outbreak of World War I he sailed for England hoping for a job as a war correspondent. In 1915 he visited the Straffan stud on the Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland, owned by Edward Kennedy (Doris Kennedy was probably his wife). He returned to Australia and was commissioned in the AIF. He fought in the Middle East in 1916 and was given command of the Australian Remount Squadron from October of that year until mid-1919. Back in Australia he took over editorship of 'The Sportsman'in 1920. 7 Feb. 1915, 8 May 1916, 2 Aug. 1916 and 15 Sep. 1920. ; Subjects covered by Paterson in these four letters include horses and horseracing, his activities as a remount officer in Egypt and as a journalist and family man after the war.

An Anzac and some of his friends. "The Donks"
'An Anzac and some of his friends. "The Donks"'

Taken by official war photographer Frank Hurley, this image and its title are equally captivating  because it's such an ordinary photo of a young man looking after his animals in such  extraordinary circumstances. I can just imagine him saying something like 'Must be almost time to feed the donks' - an unremarkable job if he was at home, perhaps he was a farmer. Something else again at War in the Middle East. See pic.

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