By-Ways on Service : Notes from an Australian Journal extract   prose   war literature  
Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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  • Editor's note: Not all Australians reacted negatively to 'the East'. A journalist in peacetime, Hector Dinning was one military tourist whose enthusiasm extended to an appreciation of the surpassing beauty of Gallipoli, and is remarkably modern in tone. 'A half-day in the bazaars,' he says of Egypt, 'I would not exchange for a whole wilderness of Sphinxes'. It was in Cairo and along the Suez Canal, Dinning argued, that the Australians discovered a 'liveliness of interest that was almost an affinity'. He hoped By-Ways on Service would reawaken in war veterans memories of 'their first-love in the world outside Australia'. Dinning also wrote Nile to Aleppo : With the Light Horse in the Middle East (1920)
  • From Book I: Waiting, Chapter II: Up the Canal (19-22, 22-23) and Book II: Gallipoli, Chapter II: Glimpses of ANZAC (82-83)

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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. 89-96
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