Editor's note: Louise Mack wrote prolifically in many genres. Born in Hobart, she worked on the Bulletin before leaving for Britain in 1901, where she published An Australian Girl in London (1902). A trailblazer in the field of female war reportage, she travelled to the Continent in August 1914 to cover the early days of the conflict for English newspapers. In the folloing extracts Mack describes the Belgian city Antwerp, both before and after its surrender to the 'brutish' Germans. She recalls an encounter with the conservative Australian journalist Frank Fox, whose offer of assistance to escape the besieged city she ignores.
From Chapter II: On the Way to Antwerp (19-20, 20-21, 22); Chapter XXXIV: I Decide to Stay (183) and Chapter XXXV: A Solitary Walk (184-186, 186-188)
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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
yA Woman's Experiences in the Great WarA Woman's Experiences in the Great War : An Australian Author's Clandestine Journey Through War-Torn BelgiumLouise Mack,
London:T. Fisher Unwin,1915Z2022961915single work autobiography war literature travel
'Through the battle lines for the Great War in Belgium There are many accounts of female adventurers, explorers, travellers and those who braved the perils of wartime, but this is one of the very finest among them. Louise Mack was a brave, resourceful and self possessed woman who elected to navigate her way through Northern Europe during the First World War and face grave personal danger during a time of great upheaval. The author's account of her experiences as she travelled though the war zone before invasion and behind the lines in enemy territory will make engrossing reading for anyone interested in true stories about women facing the kind of hardship and adversity that would deter many men. Always just one step ahead of the Germans this dauntless woman eventually made her escape back to England where she wrote this remarkable account of the early days of the Great War. ' (Publication summary)