Out in the Soudan extract   novel   war literature  
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  • Editor's note: ...In The Rehearsal: Australians at War in the Sudan (1985), K.S. Inglis observes that when the Iberia carrying the New South Wales contingent crossed the equator, the moment 'called up many happy memories', for many of these volunteers originally hailed from the northern hemisphere. The ship had steamed through Sydney Heads on 3 March 1885, farewelled by an ecstatic crowd of some 200 000. Though a federated Australia was years off, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Moran, enthused that 'the blue flag of Australia, gemmed with the Southern Cross', could 'take its place on the battlefields of nations'. In reality, the NSW military commitment was an avid expression of colonial loyalty to the Motherland. Out in the Soudan is an obscure, transhistorical Anglo-Australian romance which expressed the 'electric thrill of those heady days.

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    y On the War-Path : An Anthology of Australian Military Travel On the Warpath : An Anthology of Australian Military Travel Robin Gerster (editor), Peter Pierce (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2004 Z1108788 2004 anthology prose autobiography extract poetry criticism diary essay travel war literature 'This anthology reveals the many ways in which going to war has formed a cultural bridge between Australia and the world. From the Sudan in 1885 to Afghanistan in 2001, the connection of war to travel is illustrated by writers and reveals how the experience of war has both broadened and refined (and sometimes distorted) Australian views of the world.' From cover of On the War-Path : An Anthology of Australian Military Travel (2004) Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2004 pg. 24-26
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