Sculpture of Banjo Paterson to be unveiled at Yeoval, NSW, 17 February 2021

Yeoval is the childhood hometown of Banjo Paterson and it will be placed at the front of the Banjo Paterson Museum facing the main street.

The Banjo Paterson Museum has received a $7500 grant under Round 5 of the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Program for the manufacturing of a sculpture of Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson.

Alf Cantrell, from the Banjo Paterson Museum, was thrilled to receive the funding to take the museum to the next level.

“My wife, Sharon Cantrell, and I wanted to develop tourist attractions for Yeoval, which saw the inception of the Mulga Bill Bicycle Festival in town and the opening of the museum 5-6 years ago,” Mr Cantrell said.

“We’ve got a great display of poems, letters and other memorabilia from the Banjo Paterson days. Banjo had a very full life. He was a solicitor; a war correspondent; newspaper editor; soldier; journalist; sports commentator; jockey; farmer; an adventurer and one of the greatest poets our country has ever seen.”

The 2.7 metre-high bronze statue will be unveiled on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

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