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First published in  The Bulletin
Preceded by  "Behind the Scenes"
Country  Australia

Language  English
Author  Banjo Paterson
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Publication date  16 December 1893 (1893-12-16)
Followed by  "The Geebung Polo Club"
Read online  "A Bush Christening" at Wikisource
Similar  Banjo Paterson books, Other books

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A Bush Christening is a humorous poem by Australian writer and poet Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson. It was first published in The Bulletin magazine on 16 December 1893, the Christmas issue of that publication. It has been called "a rollicking account of how the traditional pre-occupations, whisky and religion, come together".

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Plot summary

Michael Magee is the father of a ten-year-old boy who has never been christened. Magee lives "On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few," and rarely sees a clergyman. By chance a priest passes by one day and he and Magee decide to christen the boy as soon as possible. The boy overhears the conversation, and, thinking that a "christening" is rather like the branding of cattle, decides to make a run for it. The priest chases after him but seeing that he has no chance of catching the runaway flings a flask of Maginnis's whisky which hits the boy on the head. Thereafter the boy is known as "Maginnis".

Further publications

  • The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses by Banjo Paterson (1895)
  • From the Ballads to Brennan edited by T. Inglis Moore (1964)
  • A Treasury of Colonial Poetry (1982)
  • Singer of the Bush, A. B. (Banjo) Paterson : Complete Works 1885-1900 edited by Rosamund Campbell and Philippa Harvie (1983)
  • My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years edited by Leonie Kramer (1985)
  • A Vision Splendid : The Complete Poetry of A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson (1990)
  • A Treasury of Bush Verse edited by G. A. Wilkes (1991)
  • References

    A Bush Christening Wikipedia


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