Happy Dispatches

Happy Dispatches an excerpt from the beginning of Chapter I Let us begin this odyssey with some extracts from a diary November En route for South African War By all accounts these Boers are only part human There

  • Title: Happy Dispatches
  • Author: A.B. Paterson
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  • Page: 313
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  • an excerpt from the beginning of Chapter I Let us begin this odyssey with some extracts from a diary November 1899 En route for South African War By all accounts, these Boers are only part human There is an ambulance outfit on board, and I ask an ambulance orderly a retired sergeant major of British infantry whether the Boers will fire on the ambulances He says an excerpt from the beginning of Chapter I Let us begin this odyssey with some extracts from a diary November 1899 En route for South African War By all accounts, these Boers are only part human There is an ambulance outfit on board, and I ask an ambulance orderly a retired sergeant major of British infantry whether the Boers will fire on the ambulances He says Of course, they ll fire on the hambulances The ave no respect for the elpless They ve even been known to fire on the cavalry Colonel Williams, commander of our hospital outfit, fully believes this, and is training his men in rifleshooting at a box towed over the stern, and with revolvers at bottles thrown overside No one has as yet sunk a bottle, and some of the shooters have even missed the Indian Ocean Approaching Africa Few of the Australians on board have ever been away from Australia but the English, Irish and Scotch are developing national rivalries A party of Highlanders quite distinct from the Scotch are holding some sort of a celebration They ask an Australian named Robertson whether his ancestors were Highlanders He says No but for ignorance and squalid savagery, I will back my ancestors against any Highlanders in the world Luckily for him, the Highlanders on board all belong to different units and different clans This Robertson apparently knows something about Highlanders, for he says If they started anything against me, they d be fighting each other before you could say knife First experience of the troubles of active service with green troops on board a ship The army medical men came aboard a day earlier than anyone else and barricaded themselves in a square of the ship They closed two doors of access to other parts of the ship, commandeered all the hammocks they could lay their hands on, and sat tight A squadron of cursing Lancers fought and struggled in the alleyways, and traffic was, to put it mildly, congested The men who went short of hammocks had a few well chosen words to say, but the P.M.O battled nobly for his men and said that, if the doors were opened and a thoroughfare made of his camping grounds, he would not have enough equipment left to bind up a sore thumb The machine gun section wanted an acre of deck for their drills, and the signallers wanted the same area All stores were below decks and could only be got at by one of the three great powers the chief officer, the boatswain and the carpenter Consequently, everybody followed the chief officer, the boatswain and the carpenter about like lost lambs Thus we fared across the Indian Ocean, toiling, rejoicing, and borrowing gear and equipment generally without the knowledge or consent of the lender Another diary extract runs November 3Oth At Capetown Met my first Boer prisoner He is a doctor, holding an English degree, and can make a fifty break at billiards Apparently these Boers are at any rate partially civilized He says that, if the Boers catch our hospital orderlies with rifles in the ambulances, they will be entitled to shoot them He evidently looks on us as less civilized than his own people the poor fish He got hurt in some way during a raid and the British are only keeping him till he is fit to go back.

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    • A.B. Paterson

      Andrew Barton Banjo Paterson 1864 1941 Poet, ballad writer, journalist and horseman.A B Banjo Paterson, known as Barty to his family, was born Andrew Barton Paterson at Narrambla, near Orange on 17 February 1864 His parents, Andrew Bogle and Rose Isabella Paterson were graziers on Illalong station in the Yass district.Paterson s early education took place at home under a governess and then at the bush school in Binalong, the nearest township From about the age of ten years he attended the Sydney Grammar School He lived with his grandmother in Gladesville and spent the school holidays at Illalong station with his family.After completing school the 16 year old Paterson was articled to a Sydney firm of solicitors, Spain and Salway He was admitted as a solicitor in 1886 and formed the legal partnership, Street and Paterson During these years Paterson began publishing verse in the Bulletin and Sydney Mail under the pseudonyms B and The Banjo.In 1895, at the age of 31 and still in partnership with Street, Andrew Barton Paterson achieved two milestones in Australian writing He composed his now famous ballad Waltzing Matilda and his first book, The Man from Snowy River, and other verses, was published by Angus Robertson, marking the beginning of an epoch in Australian publishing This hallmark publication sold out its first edition within a week and went through four editions in six months, making Paterson second only to Kipling in popularity among living poets writing in English His poetry continues to sell well today and is available in many editions, some of which are illustrated.Paterson travelled to South Africa in 1899 as special war correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald during the Boer War, and to China in 1901 with the intention of covering the Boxer Rebellion but he arrived after the uprising was over By 1902 Paterson had left the legal profession The following year he was appointed Editor of the Evening News Sydney , a position he held until 1908 when he resigned to take over a property in Wee Jasper.In 1903 he married Alice Walker in Tenterfield Their first home was in Queen Street, Woollahra The Patersons had two children, Grace born in 1904 and Hugh born in 1906.During World War I Paterson sailed to Europe hoping for an appointment as war correspondent Instead, during the course of the war he was attached as an ambulance driver to the Australian Voluntary Hospital in France and was commissioned to the 2nd Remount Unit of the AIF He was eventually promoted to Major.In Australia again he returned to journalism, retiring in 1930 He was created CBE in 1939 At the time of his death on 5 February 1941 his reputation as the principal folk poet of Australia was secure His body of work included seven volumes of poetry and prose in many editions, a collection The Collected Verse of A.B Paterson 1923 , a book for children The Animals Noah Forgot 1933 , and an anthology The Old Bush Songs 1905 , in addition to his many pieces of journalism and reportage.Paterson s role in Australian culture has been celebrated on the Australian 10 note.youtube watch v Pu5byI



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