Editor's note: In Happy Dispatches Paterson describes his adventures in foreign wars. He recalls starting on his travels 'unencumbered by any knowledge of the world, other than what could be gleaned from life in the Australian bush and in a solicitor's office in Sydney'. But it was a self-styled man of the world - the friend and confidant of Winston Churchill - that in 1901 the Boer War veteran gravitated to China to cover the Boxer Rebellion. His stay was brief and belated, the real action of the uprising having already taken place before his arrival. But the trip gave him the opportunity to meet the legendary Australian journalist, G. E. 'Chinese' Morrison, who had reported the Rebellion as the Peking correspondent for The Times of London.
From Chapter V: A Dutch Consul (60-63) and Chapter VII: 'Chinese' Morrison (87-94, 96-97)
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yOn the War-Path : An Anthology of Australian Military TravelOn the Warpath : An Anthology of Australian Military TravelRobin Gerster
Carlton:Melbourne University Press,2004Z11087882004anthology 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