Editor's note: Tommy Cornstalk appeared in a series of Boer War narratives published in London, to which Winston Churchill also contributed. Like Paterson, Abbott (a corporal in the First Australian Horse) fostered a mythic view of the bush-bred prowess of the Australian soldier - here generically dubbed 'Tommy Cornstalk' after the popular nickname for New South Welshmen. But he was also a sharp if sometimes jingoistic observer of 'the outlandish men of Empire' gathered in South Africa, and wrote sensitively about the 'inexpressible' veldt. Abbott later became a prolific writer of historical fiction with colonial settings.
From Chapter II: The Veldt (14-17) and Chapter XIII: The Army (209-215)
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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