Banjo’s legacy alive and well

IN the cool morning air, surrounded by the hills of Narrambla, 10-year-old Elias Wilson stood alone.

The brave Glenroi Heights Public School student had volunteered to recite his favourite Banjo Paterson poem, Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, in honour of the bush poet’s 150th birthday yesterday.

Elias was among 60 people who gathered to mark the bard’s birthday with a breakfast celebration at Banjo Park on Ophir Road yesterday.

Orange councillor Reg Kidd was visiting his old school when he discovered young Elias and his passion for all things Banjo Paterson.

“His favourite things are Banjo Paterson, bushrangers and Michael Jackson,” Cr Kidd said of Elias.

In Yeoval, former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer officially opened the Banjo Paterson ... More than a Poet museum.

The museum has been a 10-year dream for Yeoval residents Alf and Sharon Cantrell.

Mr Fischer was glowing in his praise, describing the museum’s collection as a priceless piece of Australian history.

“Alf and Sharon Cantrell have worked extremely hard to ensure Banjo’s link with Yeoval not only lives on, but reaches a far wider audience and brings tourists to Yeoval and Cabonne Country,” he said.

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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