The Man from Snowy River is a poem by Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson.
First published in Australian news magazine, The Bulletin, on 26 April 1890, the poem was written at a time when Australia was developing a distinct identity as a nation.
The location of the ride fictionalised in the poem was in the region of today's Burrinjuck Dam, north-west of Canberra in Australian Capital Territory. Paterson had helped round up brumbies as a child and later owned property in this region.
In this MTC Audio Lab episode, Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River is read by Mark Coles Smith.
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Published on 17 July 2020