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.

Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.

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