The Man From Snowy River Returns!

"There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around…"

…that the iconic Gold Coast sculpture, immortalising Banjo Paterson’s heroic mountain horseman, has found a new home at A.B. Paterson College!

For decades, the statue – by Brisbane artist, Rhyl Hinwood – towered over, and captivated, visitors to Niecon Plaza in Broadbeach. It featured in many a holiday snap, and on postcards promoting the tourist destination. A. Raptis and Sons generously invited the College to be its new custodian.

Now, the stunning 400kg sculpture will take pride of place at our brand new Brisbane Road/Arundel Drive entrance to the College.

The statue was commissioned by the Plaza’s original owners, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first publication, in 1890, of Andrew Barton Paterson’s legendary ballad, The Man from Snowy River.

The statue depicts the moment in the poem of the terrifying descent by the skilled and daring rider, on his fearless pony. It captures the essence of Australia’s pioneering spirit, and now stands as a symbol for the College community of determination, grit and courage, while honouring the ballad’s author and College namesake, A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson.

Be sure to have a look on your way to or from school!

“We are so proud that this stunning sculpture, reflecting the heart of our country, will forever grace the entrance to one of Australia’s leading and truly Australian independent schools – A.B. Paterson College.” - A.B. Paterson College Chief Executive Officer, Brian Grimes