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what is the man from snowy rivers name?

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Tony Van Maanenberg There's apparently two answers to this question as opinion is quite divided about who the "real person" actually was.

The museum at Corryong in Victoria Australia, claims it was Jack Riley. Jack was a Legendary horseman who migrated from Ireland to Australia as a 13-year-old in 1851. He worked as a tailor near Omeo but found his true passion as a stockman, where he worked for the Pierce family of Greg Greg, near Corryong. (1837 - 1914). There is a "Man From Snowy River" Annual festival in Corryong. Bush lore has it that he met Banjo Patterson in his hut when he stayed one night and he told him of his experience chasing wild bush horses.

Another view is that the Man from Snowy River is Charles Lachlan McKeahnie a young man from Gudgenby (now in the ACT). He lived a short life 29 April 1868 – 3 August 1895. When he was 17 he chased a stallion through the bush near the then "Snowy River" now the Eucumbene river. It was by all accounts a remarkable ride but the stallion was apparently killed when he ran into a rock.
Sadly young Charlie died when he was thrown from his horse when it slipped on wet timber on a newly built bridge in wet weather. Charlie struck his head on a rock and subsequently died. Bush lore on this is that his family was told by Banjo Patterson that his poem was about him and his ride after the stallion.

Who knows what the truth is? Could be a combination of both.
Methinks it is young Charlie, as the man in the poem is referred to as a "Stripling" and Jack Riley wasn't a stripling when Banjo wrote the poem but Charlie was in and around his 20's at the time so it may fit better.

It doesn't really matter both were excellent horsemen and the poem is legendary.
Yvette Adams In the poem he's called "the man" but in the book and 1982 film he's called Jim Craig. In other film and TV adaptations he has different names.
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