'The Arrival of the New South Wales Troops in South Africa' extract   autobiography   war literature  
  • Author: A. B. Paterson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/paterson-a-b-banjo
Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004
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  • Editor's note: 'Banjo' Paterson's journalistic career began with the Boer War. On 28 October 1899 he left Sydney for South Africa on the troop transport Kent, leaving behind a successful legal career. By this time he was also a literary celebrity, his fame established by the publication of The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses in 1895. Paterson's dispatches from the Boer War for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Argus catered to a public anxious to learn about an almost unimaginable exotic location. His observations combine a profound parochialism with an almost cynical worldliness. Here, in a dispatch published in the Herald on 28 December 1899, he records his first contact with 'the great African continent'.

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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. 31-36
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