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AB "Banjo" Paterson was one of Australia's most well-known authors and poets who was known for his short stories and his ballads which ranged from serious and probing to humorous.

Paterson was passionately nationalistic. He loved the outdoors and his work often idealised the freedom of the bush life. This, together with his championing of the underdog and 'thumbing one's nose' at authority, made him very popular among many Australians. This was particularly so during the move towards Federation and in the post-federation years when the fledgling country wastrying to establish its own identity apart from Britain. In this way, Paterson helped to contribute to Australia's gradually developing sense of a unique identity.

Paterson was a "bush balladeer", and he was also the author of other well known poems such as "Clancy of the Overflow", "Mulga Bill's Bicycle" and, of course, "Waltzing Matilda". Unlike Henry Lawson, another famous Australian writer and a contemporary of Paterson's, he presented a romanticised view of life in the bush, and many appreciated his larrikin wit more than Lawson's more realistic, drier view of life.

Although Paterson was a war correspondent during the Boer war, he was not embittered by his experiences. By the time he died on 5 April 1941, he had left a legacy of a distinctively Australian literary culture.

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