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Plaque unveiled at the site of Jack Riley's hut pays tribute to the man who is believed to be the inspiration for Banjo Paterson`s poem "The Man from Snowy River".  The plaque is 2.9km past Tom Groggin Station on the Alpine Way towards Thredbo. On the right hand side of the road is the 4wd only track to the site. The plaque is 2.3km along this track.

Jack Riley was born in Castlebar, Ireland. He migrated to Australia in 1851 and went to live in Omeo. He opened a tailoring business and then worked as a stockman at Monaro where he aquired a reputation for his horse handling. In 1884 he became manager of "Tom Groggin" where he ran 20,000 acres.

In 1890 Banjo Paterson, the poet, stayed a night at Jack Riley`s hut. Riley told the tale of one of his exploits about chasing a herd of wild horses, and from this Banjo Paterson wrote his poem "The Man From Snowy River". In 1914 Jack Riley died on the 15th of July, after suffering from heart problems. They buried him the next day at the Corryong cemetery.

Location

Address:Alpine Way , Jack Riley's Hut site, via Tom Groggin Station , Tom Groggin , 3707
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.555875
Long: 148.146217
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Community

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 2nd April, 2013
Source: MA
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