Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam by Jeannine Baker

By Jeannine Baker

Why do Australians be aware of the names of Charles Bean, Alan Moorehead and Chester Wilmot, yet no longer Agnes Macready, Anne Matheson and Lorraine Stumm?
This is the hidden tale of Australian and New Zealand girls warfare journalists who fought for equality with their male colleagues and filed tales from the most conflicts of the 20th century.
In Australian girls conflict Reporters, Jeannine Baker presents a much-needed account of the pioneering ladies who mentioned from the most important conflicts of the 20 th century. girls lined the South African battle on the flip of the century, and Louise Mack witnessed the autumn of Antwerp in 1914. Others such Anne Matheson, Lorraine Stumm and Kate Webb wrote approximately momentous occasions together with the increase of Nazism, the liberation of the focus camps, the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the chilly struggle conflicts in Korea and Southeast Asia. those girls carved a direction for brand spanking new generations of woman international correspondents who've outfitted upon their legacy.
Jeannine Baker deftly attracts out the hyperlinks among the studies of those girls and the modern realities confronted through girls reporters of battle, together with Monica Attard and Ginny Stein, permitting us to determine either in a brand new light.

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The reason for censorship, he wrote, was so that ‘their awful blunders, their farcical mistakes, and their criminal negligence may not reach the British public’. 47 Dickenson appears to have been the only Australian journalist to give a first-hand account of the conditions inside the concentration camps. For some months following their establishment, little was known in Britain about the camps. 48 English activist Emily Hobhouse visited the camps from January to June 1901, and subsequently publicly charged the British with acts of cruelty and barbarism in a series of letters.

I looked up and down the great paralysed quays. I stared through the yellow avenue of trees. I heard my own footsteps echoing, echoing. 63 Back at the hotel, Mack disguised herself as a mute hotel maid, thereby escaping detection by the Germans and enabling her to witness the German invasion at close quarters. After her appearance began to arouse suspicion, she hid for five days before being smuggled out of the city on a false passport, again disguised as a peasant, and made her way through Holland to England, arriving in January 1915.

65 Mack’s gender was emphasised by reviewers and promoters alike. The question of how a vulnerable woman had witnessed such violent scenes, and travelled unmolested through the ‘battlefield’ was fascinating and disquieting for audiences. ‘A story of war, especially of the cruelties and distractions of war, told by a woman in a woman’s way’, was what distinguished Mack’s lectures, said one reviewer. The ‘little Australian lady [had] vast advantages as against a mere man … A very quiet-looking woman wandering through this war of the worlds would have been the last person to excite German suspicion, so she had opportunities and advantages which were exceptional’.

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