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).
Plot summary edit
After a long life of droving Saltbush Bill is appointed a J.P. (Justice of the Peace). But he is disappointed to find no mention of pay until he discovers, in his contract, the line "A magistrate may charge a pound/For inquest on a fire." Bill and the local indigenous population collude to make good use of this provision.
Further publications edit
- Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses by Banjo Paterson (1917)
- Along the Western Road : Bush Stories and Ballads (1981)
- 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 edit
- Austlit - "Saltbush Bill, J.P." by A. B. Paterson
- The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, 2nd edition, p670