Binalong, in central NSW is a place that Banjo Paterson knew well. When he was seven years old, his family moved to a property called Illalong Station, about 7km east of Binalong. Banjo rode a pony to the village school every day, until the age of 11, when he went to boarding school in Sydney. When Paterson began writing poems for publication in the 1880s he used the pen name “The Banjo”, which was the name of one of the horses on the Illalong property.
In a tiny park in the centre of Binalong there are a bust of Banjo Paterson and some information boards detailing his connection with the village. Banjo’s father is buried in the local Anglican cemetery.