Neville Locker has evidence which would seem to clearly indicate that The Man from Snowy River was in fact Charlie McKeahnie. Neville now has a comprehensive display at "Locker's Happy Valley" featuring The Man from Snowy River. This includes evidence not previously made public. It features material on Charlie McKeahnie and on Barcroft Boake.
Charlie McKeahnie was a renowned horseman who hailed from the Snowy River district. At the time Paterson wrote his famous poem the upper Eucumbene River was known as the Snowy River.
Charlie was the subject of Barcroft Boake's poem, On the Range, which tells the tale of Charlie's chase after a wild brumby stallion. This was based on an event that occurred, which Barcroft may well have witnessed. When living at Adaminaby in 1887 Barcoft spent much time with the McKeahnies, riding with Charlie McKeahnie and falling in love with Charlie's sisters. One cannot help being struck by the similarities between the rides described by Boake and by Paterson.
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