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    Was Louise Mack’s work as a War Correspondent and Novelist anti-colonial?

    Louise Mack was a Tasmanian born writer who became well known in Sydney for her writing for The Bulletin. Following the publication of her first book ‘The World is Round’ (Source 1), Mack moved herself to London because she felt that she had gained all the success that Sydney could offer her. Source 1 displays no true anti-colonial sentiment; however, it does show some distrust for the nation building activities that surrounded federation in 1901. Source 4 takes this distrust and tentatively suggests that Mack was anti-colonial. This source also offers an interesting insight into the misogynistic contexts that Mack’s novels have been analysed in, that have allowed the ambition of her characters, and by extension, herself, to be interpreted as anti-colonial. The best evidence against these claims can be found in Source 2, an article written by Mack and published in the Bulletin in January 1901. It’s light-hearted and has a tone of excitement to it. Mack makes no claims that could even be misinterpreted to have any kind of anti-colonial sentiments. She appears to be filled with excitement about this new nation and what its affiliation with ‘Mother England’ could offer her and her contemporaries.

    At the outbreak of the First World War Mack developed an interest in documenting the war and what it meant for both Britain and Australia and so she became a war correspondent for ‘The Daily Mail.” In 1916 Mack Returned to Australia and toured the country, giving lectures about the horrors of war while raising funds for The Australian Red Cross Society. She also wrote a book titled “A Woman’s experiences of the Great War.’ Source 3 details this time in Mack’s life illuminating her affiliations to groups that were in support of the war which can be used as evidence to support the claim that her work as both a writer and a war correspondent was not anti-colonial.

    Through my research, conducted mainly on Trove, I have found very little evidence that the published work of Louise Mack was anti-colonial despite claims that are made in Source 4.

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