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Today in History: 17 February 1864 – Banjo Paterson Born



Today in History: 11 March 1864


The Great Sheffield Flood

On this day in 1864, the Dale Dyke Dam ruptured and Sheffield in England was hit by a flood that killed some 270 people. As the dam was being filled following its construction, the dam gave way and a massive volume of water swept down the Loxley Valley and smashed into several towns. Some 800 houses were also destroyed in the disaster.

For more, visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Sheffield_Flood

Also, newspaper articles at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mossvalley/mv2/sheffield-flood.html

Photos at:
http://mick-armitage.staff.shef.ac.uk/sheffield/photogal/picindex.html


Today in History: 17 February 1864


Banjo Paterson Born

On this day in 1864, Australian poet, journalist and author, Andrew Barton Paterson (Banjo Paterson) was born. Paterson was born near Orange in New South Wales, Australia. Banjo died on the 5th February 1941 in Sydney, Australia.

His most important works include ‘Waltzing Matilda,’ ‘The Man From Snowy River‘ and ‘Clancy of the Overflow.’

A pdf copy of ‘The Collected Verse of A. B. Paterson’ can be obtained via the link below:
http://www.archive.org/details/collectedverseof00pate


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