Banjo Paterson statue unveiled in Yeoval

A bronze sculpture of beloved Australian poet is the latest drawcard outside the museum dedicated to his life story in Yeoval.

The 2.7 metre-high bronze by Melbourne artist Paul Smits was unveiled at a special event on 17 February – Banjo’s birthday.

Dressed in his uniform as Major of the Allied Remounts in Egypt, the beautifully captured facial features are copied from a pencil sketch of Paterson whist in the desert during WW1 that was drawn by renowned War Artist George Lambert.

Yeoval is the childhood hometown of Banjo Paterson and the sculpture 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. Abbey Monument Masons from Dubbo delivered and installed the Granite Plinth on which the new Banjo Paterson Sculpture will stand.

See more images, including progress shots of the sculpture’s arrival on the museum’s Facebook page.

Image: Banjo Paterson … More Than a Poet