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Is part of Billabong Books Mary Grant Bruce 1910-1942 series - author children's fiction (number 4 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1915 1915
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When Jim and Wally want to enlist in the British Army, the people of Billabong pack up and head to London.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: From Billabong to the War
First known date: 1915
Serialised by: The Western Mail 1885-1955 newspaper (125 issues)
Notes:
Serialised in nineteen instalments between 3 December 1915 and 31 March 1916.
Link: Instalment one (3 December 1915) Via Trove Australia
Alternative title: From Billabong to the War
First known date: 1915
Serialised by: The Melbourne Leader 1856 periodical (2 issues)
Notes:
Serialised as 'From Billabong to the War' from 2 October 1915. (Final instalment cannot be sighted at this time.)
Link: Instalment one (2 October 1915) Via Trove Australia

Works about this Work

“Whichever and Whatever It Was” : Rendering War and Peace in Australian WWI Narratives Clare Rhoden , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 73 no. 3 2016;
'Australian narratives of World War I (WWI) reflect a different but characteristic commemoration of that event. While the best (to modern eyes) novels of WWI present a comprehensive picture of disillusionment, futility and waste, Australian stories proffer the view that the war was worthwhile, and that the sacrifices of the Anzacs were honourable and justified. In placing WWI as a salient marker denoting the origin of the nation, Australian texts diverge from the revered WWI canon’s convincing portrayal of the war as a symbol of civilisation’s demise. Even accepting this divergence, however, there is much in Australian narratives that amplifies the memorialisation of the war in Australian society.' (Introduction)
Britishness and Australian Popular Fiction : From the Mid-Nineteenth to the Mid-Twentieth Centuries Hsu-Ming Teo , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 46-66)
'The analysis offered here is [...], a panoptic perspective of the tangled skeins of literary imagination and imitation, gender and genre requirements, editorial control, market considerations and the sheer economics of the international book trade that knotted Australian popular literature into the cultural and economic fabric of the British empire.' (47)
The Pioneers : Ethel Turner and Mary Grant Bruce John Foster , Maureen Nimon , E. J. Finnis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 15-34)
y War, Women and the Bush : The Novels of Mary Grant Bruce and Ethel Turner David Robert Walker , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z962022 1978 single work criticism Comments on the portrayal of women, men and the bush in the novels of Mary Grant Bruce and Ethel Turner which were set during World War I. Walker draws particular attention to the disadvantages of being a woman and the qualities a woman should possess as portrayed in these novels. In their general behaviour, the characters of both sexes in the novels are permitted to be 'mildly unconventional' provided they still abide by the major social conventions of 'loyalty, decency [and] fair play'. Walker also points out the manner in which the bush is clearly depicted as a superior living environment, 'enhancing good health and wholesome attitudes to authority' and negating the 'socially harmful behaviour' engendered by life in the city.
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 11 November vol. 36 no. 1865 1915; (p. 2)

— Review of From Billabong to London Mary Grant Bruce 1915 single work children's fiction
An Exciting Voyage 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Town and Country Journal , 10 November vol. 89 no. 2388 1915; (p. 44)

— Review of From Billabong to London Mary Grant Bruce 1915 single work children's fiction
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Argus , 22 October 1915; (p. 5)

— Review of The Cub : Six Months in His Life : A Story in War-Time Ethel Turner 1915 single work novel ; From Billabong to London Mary Grant Bruce 1915 single work children's fiction
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 11 November vol. 36 no. 1865 1915; (p. 2)

— Review of From Billabong to London Mary Grant Bruce 1915 single work children's fiction
An Exciting Voyage 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Town and Country Journal , 10 November vol. 89 no. 2388 1915; (p. 44)

— Review of From Billabong to London Mary Grant Bruce 1915 single work children's fiction
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Argus , 22 October 1915; (p. 5)

— Review of The Cub : Six Months in His Life : A Story in War-Time Ethel Turner 1915 single work novel ; From Billabong to London Mary Grant Bruce 1915 single work children's fiction
Britishness and Australian Popular Fiction : From the Mid-Nineteenth to the Mid-Twentieth Centuries Hsu-Ming Teo , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 46-66)
'The analysis offered here is [...], a panoptic perspective of the tangled skeins of literary imagination and imitation, gender and genre requirements, editorial control, market considerations and the sheer economics of the international book trade that knotted Australian popular literature into the cultural and economic fabric of the British empire.' (47)
The Pioneers : Ethel Turner and Mary Grant Bruce John Foster , Maureen Nimon , E. J. Finnis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 15-34)
y War, Women and the Bush : The Novels of Mary Grant Bruce and Ethel Turner David Robert Walker , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z962022 1978 single work criticism Comments on the portrayal of women, men and the bush in the novels of Mary Grant Bruce and Ethel Turner which were set during World War I. Walker draws particular attention to the disadvantages of being a woman and the qualities a woman should possess as portrayed in these novels. In their general behaviour, the characters of both sexes in the novels are permitted to be 'mildly unconventional' provided they still abide by the major social conventions of 'loyalty, decency [and] fair play'. Walker also points out the manner in which the bush is clearly depicted as a superior living environment, 'enhancing good health and wholesome attitudes to authority' and negating the 'socially harmful behaviour' engendered by life in the city.
“Whichever and Whatever It Was” : Rendering War and Peace in Australian WWI Narratives Clare Rhoden , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 73 no. 3 2016;
'Australian narratives of World War I (WWI) reflect a different but characteristic commemoration of that event. While the best (to modern eyes) novels of WWI present a comprehensive picture of disillusionment, futility and waste, Australian stories proffer the view that the war was worthwhile, and that the sacrifices of the Anzacs were honourable and justified. In placing WWI as a salient marker denoting the origin of the nation, Australian texts diverge from the revered WWI canon’s convincing portrayal of the war as a symbol of civilisation’s demise. Even accepting this divergence, however, there is much in Australian narratives that amplifies the memorialisation of the war in Australian society.' (Introduction)
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