A former Yeoval local who became an Australian Icon. Best known as a Poet, Writer & Journalist, also a Lawyer, a War Correspondent and Farmer, who fought in the First World War.
Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson, was born on 17 February 1864 near Orange. He went on to grow up on a property near Yeoval, ‘Buckinbah Station’, where he gathered many of his early memories of bush life that he would go on to immortalise in verse. Some of ‘Banjo’s’ more notable poems include “Waltzing Matilda”, “The Man from Snowy River”, “Clancy of the Overflow” and “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”. Banjo’s poem “First Impressions” tells of his memories growing up in the western area of NSW. Banjo’s achievements have been celebrated in Yeoval over the years with the Banjo Paterson Bush Park, the Poet’s Walk, and the iconic Yeoval Mulga Bill Bicycle Festivalheld in July each year. The festival celebrates Banjo Paterson’s childhood in Yeoval with a bike ride from Cumnock to Yeoval, street stalls, art shows, demonstrations and live music.