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.

Featured
Box 8 Item 17 – Hugh Venables Vernon miscellaneous papers, 1916-1919.
Handmade protection with steely look and stylish upper lip!

At first glance it is apparent that this garment would have been quite difficult to actually put on, due to the tight fit. Undoubtedly handcrafted by a loved one, it has been photographed in action by the  wearer, as intended. I particularly like the attention to detail on the moustache – possibly one of the few things that a man in his position had complete control over.

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