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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 'Over There' with the Australians
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  • Editor's note: An intelligence officer in the Australian infantry, Knyvett survived the fighting in Gallipoli and France only to die of influenza in April 1918. His narrative is framed as an heroic progress, from the 'human snowball' of rural Australian 'red-bloods' descending on the coastal cities to join the great adventure, to the return home - with Knyvett feeling 'like the old King of Ithaca' who had 'wandered for many years in many lands'. But these extracts, describing encounters with the 'niggers' of Colombo and the 'Gyppos' of Egypt, reveal that he was not the most tolerant of travellers. Brisbane-born, Knyvett had been a clergyman in civilian life.
  • From Chapter VI: Many Weeks at Sea (60-63) and Chapter VII: The Land of Sand and Sweat (67)

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    y separately published work icon 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. 82-84
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