Banjo Paterson is one of the most prolific poets in Australia’s history, yet very little has been written about his mother Rose Paterson.
In the forthcoming book Looking for Rose Paterson author Jennifer Gall has provided an insight into the relationship between Rose and Andrew Paterson and the family environment that came to shape their son Banjo.
As a pastoral station manager Andrew was frequently away, leaving Rose to manage their seven children alone and isolated on a rural station, with no domestic help and a tight budget.
The book features a selection of original letters from Rose to her sister Nora between 1873 and 1888, vividly bringing nineteenth-century rural Australia to life.
This book explores the rustic world of late nineteenth-century pioneers, where women endured continuous cycles of pregnancy, childbirth and recovery, and the constraints of strict social codes.
The story allows the reader to understand the environment that shaped Banjo Paterson and nurtured his development as a balladeer.
Jennifer Gall is the coordinator of research programs at the National Film and Sound Archive.
Oral history interviews have been an important part of her research methodology since her first publication.
A book launch will be held at Orange Regional Museum from 4.30pm to 6pm on Saturday.
There will also be a presentation and book signing by the author.
Visit www.eventbrite.com.au to register for the event.