THE birthday of Orange’s most famous bush poet was celebrated on Sunday with a car rally and poetry reading.
People gathered for a self-drive rally around some of Orange’s historical sites followed by lunch at Banjo Paterson Park.
Orange and District Historical Society member and event coordinator Elizabeth Griffin said the day gave people an opportunity to see and hear some of the historical features around Orange.
“I was fairly pleased with the way the day went,” she said.
“I gave them information on where the names of the streets in north Orange came from,” she said.
Around 30 people took part in the day’s activities. Miss Griffin said it included visits to Bletchington House, Narrambla Homestead and Emmaville Cottage.
People brought a picnic lunch to Banjo Paterson Park where they held poetry recitals.
“People looked around the old site where the old buildings used to be,” she said.
Miss Griffin has called on the Orange community for feedback on how they think Banjo Paterson’s 150th birthday should be celebrated in 2014.
“Next year we’ll be having an absolute ripper because it’ll be the 150th year,” she said.
There will be a public meeting on March 5 to start plans for the celebration. A venue is yet to be decided.