In 1889, the revered Australian folk poet A. 'Banjo' Paterson first published his ballad, Clancy of the Overflow. The verse achieved immediate popularity, and with the creation of his legendary character, Clancy, a free-spirited stockman, Paterson had summed up the essence of the Australian outlook.
Clancy attained folk hero status and, 125 years since he was created, continues to loom large in the nation's consciousness, encompassing many of the qualities of what it means to be an Australian and inspiring dreams of escaping to the bush, far away from the 'dirty, dusty city'.
To mark the 150th birthday of Banjo Paterson, award-winning illustrator Robert Ingpen has journeyed into the Australian outback, exploring the myth of Clancy through words and stunning illustrations, to find out what it is that has made Clancy such an enduring figure in Australian folklore.
Read our profile of author and illustrator Robert Ingpen