Franklyn B Paverty

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Franklyn B Paverty[1] (often referred to as just Paverty) is one of Australia's most enduring bush bands. Since the early 1970s, Paverty has entertained audiences,[2] mostly in and around Canberra, with its crafted mixture of songs and music. The band's repertoire is predominantly Australian folk music (bush songs, bush ballads and music for bush dances).

The band made albums, TV and radio appearances including the ABC TV series Peach's Gold. Franklyn B Paverty played for the official opening of Australia's new Parliament House, Canberra[3] in 1988; and again at celebrations marking its 10th anniversary in 1998 and the 20th anniversary in 2008.

Over the years, Paverty shared the stage with Billy Connolly, The Dubliners, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Slim Dusty, Eric Bogle and many others. Paverty performs regularly at the National Folk Festival (Australia).

From the early 2000s, the musicians in Franklyn B Paverty were Mal Bennett, Bob Buckley, Graham Chalker, Peter Hobson, Peter Logue and Bryan Rae. Other great musicians who have been associated with the band over the years include David Chalker, Tom Breen, Ros Haskew, Fiona Mahoney, Frank and Bernie Nizynski and Dave O'Neill.

The band's name originated from Martin Fry's (sousaphone) pseudonym in The Temperance Seven. The band's name is often spelt incorrectly as Franklin or Franklin D.


There are several recordings of Franklyn B Paverty in the National Film and Sound Archive (see/hear Waltzing Matilda (click here to listen) And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (click here).


  • Paverty Stricken
  • 1891
  • Songs of the Australian Goldrush
  • Convict Songs of Australia
  • Waltzing Matilda Again: The Great Aussie Folk Collection (3-CD set)
  • Singing Land CD
  • With my Swag on my Shoulder
  • Trip to Trundle
  • Our Selection


  1. ^ Paverty's website
  2. ^ The Australian National Library has a book of clippings.
  3. ^ Hansard, 10 May 1988, p2392

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