It is said that Jack Riley was once taking horses to sale at Dalgety for his Brother-in-law when he was picked up by police and unbeknown to Jack, the horses were stolen. He wanted to protect his Sister so he took the blame and spent 4 years in jail. It is also said that Banjo Paterson was against criminals and this is apparently why he never announced Jack Riley as being who the poem was about, so this has always led to some mystery surrounding the character’s identity.
Corryong is where you will find the Man From Snowy River Museum which includes historic skiing equipment, Jack Riley’s watch and saddle bags, war history and POW Jim Simpson’s rug, which has a fascinating story behind it. There are also some old buildings on display like the police lock-up and the tiny ANZ Bank, which had a window that Customers were served through. Open 10-4 most days, contact the museum for further details on 02 6076 2600.