Special Sub-Topic: 'The Man from Snowy River'
|Firstly, who wrote 'The Man from Snowy River'?|
A.B. (Banjo) Paterson. Banjo, as he is more commonly known, was born on 17th February, 1864 at Narrambla near Orange, New South Wales, Australia.
|In what year was 'The Man from Snowy River' first published?|
1890. It was first published in the 'Bulletin' on the 26th of April, 1890.
|How much was the 'colt from old Regret' worth?|
A thousand pounds. 'And had joined the wild bush horses - he was worth a thousand pound, so all the cracks had gathered to the fray.' A lot of money in those days!
|According to the poem, 'who made his pile when Pardon won the cup'?|
Harrison. Many people think that 'the cup' refers to the Melbourne cup, but it's actually the 'President's Cup' run at Menindee, a little known town (and horse race) in western New South Wales.
|'I warrant he'll be with us when he's wanted at the end,' was spoken by the Man from Snowy River's only friend. Who was he?|
Clancy of the Overflow. 'Clancy of the Overflow' is also a poem by the same author.
|Obviously our hero, who is never actually named in the poem, comes from the Snowy River area. Which mountain, that is near the Snowy River, is mentioned in the poem?|
Mount Kosciusko. 'He hails from Snowy River, up by Kosciusko's side, Where the hills are twice as steep and twice as rough,'. Mount Kosciusko is Australia's highest mountain at 2228 meters.
|When the men go searching for the wild horses that the 'colt from old Regret' had joined, where do they find them?|
By the big mimosa clump. 'They found the horses by the big mimosa clump - They raced away towards the mountain's brow'. A mimosa is a genus of the leguminous plant that has small, fluffy yellow flowers.
|What sort of holes could mean 'any slip was death' when riding a horse down the mountain?|
Wombat. 'The wild hop scrub grew thickly, and the hidden ground was full of wombat holes and any slip was death.'
|The man from Snowy River 'ran them single-handed till their sides were white with foam'. But, did he ever get them home?|
y. Of course he did, wouldn't be much of a story if he didn't! - 'then he turned their heads for home, And alone and unassisted brought them back'.
|In the movie 'Man from Snowy River' that was based on the poem, who played the man from Snowy River?|
Tom Burlinson. The movie was released in 1982 starring Tom Burlinson and Sigrid Thornton. Kirk Douglas played the role of Harrison. Burlinson also starred in the sequel, 'Return to Snowy River'. Jim Craig is the name given to the hero in the movies, but it is not known if Paterson, when writing the poem, had any particular person in mind for the title character.
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