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Saltbush Bill on the Patriarchs

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Saltbush Bill on the Patriarchs

Saltbush Bill on the Patriarchs is a humorous poem by Australian writer and poet Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson. It was first published in The Evening News on 19 December 1903.[1]

Saltbush Bill was one of Paterson's best known characters who appeared in 5 poems: "Saltbush Bill" (1894), "Saltbush Bill's Second Fight" (1897), "Saltbush Bill's Gamecock" (1898), "Saltbush Bill on the Patriarchs" (1903), and "Saltbush Bill, J.P." (1905).[2]


  • Plot summary 1
  • Further publications 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Plot summary

Saltbush Bill tells the story of a successful sheep farmer using the biblical story of Isaac and Jacob as a metaphor.[1]

Further publications

  • Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses by Banjo Paterson (1917)
  • The Drovers edited by Keith Willey (1982)
  • Song of the Pen, A. B. (Banjo) Paterson : Complete Works 1901-1941 edited by Rosamund Campbell and Philippa Harvie (1983)
  • A Vision Splendid : The Complete Poetry of A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson (1990)
  • The Collected Verse of Banjo Paterson (1992)

See also


  1. ^ a b Austlit - "Saltbush Bill on the Patriarchs" by A. B. Paterson
  2. ^ The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, 2nd edition, p670
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