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A statue commemorates Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson, writer of Waltzing Matilda.

On a cool, damp night in September 1894, a group of striking shearers attacked the shearing shed at Dagworth Station, Winton. This was the final act of aggression during the strike of 1894 that had commenced on 2 July in Winton and spread throughout the eastern states of Australia. Banjo Paterson visited Dagworth Station in early 1895.

Christina MacPherson, whose brothers owned Dagworth, entertained Banjo playing a tune she had heard at the Warrnambool Races and Banjo put words to the music thus creating Waltzing Matilda. The plight of the shearers was put to words and music. The song was performed at a banquet for the visit of the Premier of Queensland on 6 April 1895 at the North Gregory Hotel, Winton.

Note: A fire destroyed the Waltzing Matilda Centre in June 2015 but it is believed that the statue of Banjo Paterson was undamaged. 


Address:Elderslie Street, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton, 4735
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -22.390523
Long: 143.039957
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Monument Manufacturer:Perides Art Foundry


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1995
Front Inscription

Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson

This monument was erected with the generous public support of communities from the following local government authorities and the Department of Communications and the Arts under the C.H.E.F.P. Program

Boulia Shire Council            Isisford Shire Council  
Cloncurry Shire Council       Longreach Shire Council  
Diamantina Shire Council    Paroo Shire Council  
Emerald Shire Council          Redcliffe City Council
Ilfracombe Shire Council     Thuringowa City Council


Back Inscription

A. B. (Banjo) Paterson
(1864 - 1941)

Wrote the words to Waltzing Matilda at Dagworth Station in the Winton Shire in 1895 to a tune played by Christina MacPherson

The first public performance was in Winton at the North Gregory Hotel on April 6th 1895.

Waltzing Matilda is now known the world over as Australia`s unofficial national anthem and inspriation.

During his life Banjo wrote many poems about the bush and set the trend for Australian literature in its infancy.

Source: MA
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