This book tells the full story of ANA, the forgotten giant of Australian aviation. Told through the eyes of ANA's pilots, hostesses, engineers and other staff, there are many humorous and dramatic stories, including the pioneering Bass Strait flights of the early 1930s, submarine hunting in DC-3s in 1939-40, a unique courier service to Manila in 1945, some extraordinary migrant charters in the late 1940s, and evacuation flights ahead of the advancing Communists in 1949. As well as describing ANA's key role in the development of safe and reliable intercapital routes, this book covers the airline's lesser known services including the 'Gulf run', the aerial ambulance out of Cairns, and the Riverina milk runs. Filling a major gap in Australian aviation history, this book will make fascinating reading for aviation enthusiasts, students of history and the general reader alike.
From its origins in Liverpool in 1816, one unusual British firm has threaded a way through two centuries that have seen tumultuous events and epochal transformations in technologies and societies. John Swire & Sons, a small trading company that began by importing dyes, cotton and apples from the Americas, now directs a highly diversified group of interests operating across the globe but with a core focus on Asia. From 1866 its fate was intertwined with developments in China, with the story of steam, and later of flight, and with the movements of people and of goods that made the modern world. China Bound charts the story of the firm, its family owners and staff, its operations, its successes and its disasters, as it endured wars, uprisings and revolutions, the rise and fall of empires - China's, Britain's, Japan's – and the twists and turns of the global economy. This is the story of a business that reshaped Hong Kong, developed Cathay Pacific Airways, dominated China's pre-Second World War shipping industry, and helped pioneer containerization. Robert Bickers' remarkable new book is the history of a business, and of its worlds, of modern China, Britain, and of the globalization that entangled them, of compradors, ship-owners, and seamen, sugar travellers, tea-tasters, and stuff merchants, revolutionaries, pirates and Taipans. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in global commerce, China Bound provides an intimate history that helps explain the shape of Asia today.
This thrilling new volume from Martin Bowman focusses on British, Canadian, Australian and German soldiers and airmen who were captured during the First World War. Determined that they wouldnt spend the rest of the conflict incarcerated uselessly behind bars, they endeavored to escape. These are their stories.All aspects of prison life are covered here, and the author examines the various escape tactics that were employed by British soldiers and airmen held in PoW camps all over Germany and Turkey. In order to provide a balanced account, the author has also uncovered stories of German navy and army escapees who attempted to flee from England.Each chapter is preceded by an account which explains the types of camps used in Britain and Germany, the numbers involved, the food, the camp money system for worker prisoners and a general appreciation of the conditions and chronology. Firsthand accounts from the prisoners themselves are then woven into the picture, creating an authentic sense of the PoW experience.The emphasis of this unique book is placed on the human story of the main characters, the unparalleled action on the Western Front and the interaction and camaraderie experienced between soldiers and airmen held in prison camps in England, Germany and Turkey during the Second World War.
‘In the whole history of government in Australia, this was the most devastating tragedy.’ Three decades after what he called ‘a dreadful air crash, almost within sight of my windows’ Robert Menzies wrote ‘I shall never forget that terrible hour; I felt that for me the end of the world had come…’ Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm tells the lives of the ten men who perished in Duncan Cameron’s Canberra property on 13 August 1940: three Cabinet ministers, the Chief of the General Staff, two senior staff members, and the RAAF crew of four. The inquiries into the accident, and the aftermath for the Air Force, government, and bereaved families are examined. Controversial allegations are probed: did the pilot F/Lt Bob Hitchcock cause the crash or was the Minister for Air Jim Fairbairn at the controls? ‘Cameron Hazlehurst is a story-teller, one of the all-too rare breed who can write scholarly works which speak to a wider audience. In the most substantial, original, and authoritative account of the Canberra aircraft accident of August 1940 he provides unique insights into a critical, poignant moment in Australian history. Hazlehurst’s account is touched with irony and quirks, set within a framework of political, social, and military history, distinctions of class, education, and rank, and the machinations of parliamentary and service politics and of the ‘official mind’. The research is meticulous and wide-ranging, the analysis is always balanced, and the writing at once skilful and compelling. This is a work of an exceptional historian.’ (Ian Hancock, author of Nick Greiner: A Political Biography, John Gorton: He Did It His Way, and National and Permanent? The Federal Organisation of the Liberal Party of Australia) ‘Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm is a monumental work of historical research pegged on a single, lethal moment at the apex of government at an extraordinarily sensitive time in Australia’s history. The book embodies top drawer scholarship, deep sensitivity to antipodean class structures and sensibilities, and a nuanced understanding of both democratic and bureaucratic politics.’ (Christine Wallace, author of Germaine Greer Untamed Shrew andThe Private Don: the man behind the legend of Don Bradman)
Providing insight into the prominent businessman who set up the largest philanthropic trust in Australia, this biography explores both the personal and business successes and failures of Ian Potter and examines the contrast between the measured control of his public and private lives. Using his influence with state and federal governments to reform tax laws to encourage private philanthropy, the Ian Potter Foundation has given millions of dollars to support worthwhile projects in the fields of education, the arts, the environment, sciences, medicine, and health.
"This pictorial and descriptive profile of the artistic artifacts housed in the University of Melbourne includes pieces ranging from Greek antiquity to the European old masters. Information is provided on costumes designed by Percy Grainger, furniture fashioned by Burley Griffin, illuminated manuscripts, and stained glass by Napier Waller. Essays written by staff and students of the university, research findings on new methods of interpretation, and profiles of the different collections and their reflection of the institutional values of the university offer a glimpse into Australia's distinct cultural heritage."
Born in Queenscliff to English migrant parents, William Lawrence Baillieu first rose to prominence as a successful auctioneer during Melbourne's feverish land boom of the 1880s. He quickly built an enormous fortune, which he then subsequently lost in the crash of the early 1890s. But, ever the astute and daring entrepreneur, WL Baillieu resurrected his fortunes and those of his family by starting his own real estate agency and investing in the mining and infrastructure that would drive Australia's economy in the 20th century. In the early days of Federation, WL entered state politics and rose to become Minister of Public Works and Health. He continued to foster his business and media interests throughout his life, and by the time he retired, WL was director of the Herald and Weekly Times, the Electrolytic Zinc Company, the Dunlop Rubber Company, and Carlton and United Breweries. Peter Yule's biography is the first ever of this significant Australian u financier, philanthropist and founding figure of the Baillieu family dynasty u whose name and influence is inextricably wound throughout Melbourne's history.
The battle is over. The war begins. Scorpia City enters a new era. The Androts have fallen and the gangsters rule. The Trackers stand scarred but together, unaware that a new threat stalks them from the shadows of a dying world. A nightmare from Silho's past returns to claim her, driven by an evil more formidable than anything the team has faced before. The Indemeus X has risen. As the team is ripped apart, new alliances are forged, enemies unite and friendships fall apart. Diega and Shawe fight to survive a new and violent world, while Eli ventures into the darkest levels of the city, making a shocking discovery that will change everything. Meanwhile in a forgotten place built on secrets and lies, a city spirals into madness, and hope emerges from the darkness. The Forgotten City is the second book in The Demon War Chronicles. The first book, The Last City, is available now.
Forgotten Heroes contains all 131 Medal of Honor citations. Also included are the official communiques for that day and newspaper accounts of various battles. AUTHOR:
Not a pretty sight. Certainly not one the authorities on Mauritius, that gem of a tourist destination in a trio of idyllic islands once known as the Mascarenes, would like to become public knowledge. Their carefully nurtured image was of sparkling blue sea, emerald green palm fringes haphazardly angled along pure white beaches, gentle winds whispering through the casuarinas under an azure sky. This was ugly, messy. When journalist Holly Jones arrives in Mauritius to cover millionaire adventurer Connor Maguire's search for buried ancestral treasure, it promises to be two weeks in an exotic island paradise ... and a chance to start piecing together a broken heart. What she hasn't planned on is an infuriating, reluctant subject with a hidden agenda. Or one who manages to break down her carefully constructed barriers and awaken long-forgotten desires. After the body of a young woman is washed up on a beach, Holly finds herself embroiled in an unsolved murder case and the idyllic island's darkest secrets. Passionate, intriguing and compelling, The Forgotten Sea is Beverley Harper at her best yet.
A comprehensive listing of 5200 living Australian authors, covering all fiction and non-fiction genres. For each writer a complete list of books; plays; and radio, television and film scripts is included, along with the names of periodicals in which their work has appeared. Among other items covered are pseudonyms, employment history, awards, contact details and availability for various activities. An index lists writers by over 100 subject categories.
Many nations played a role as belligerents on the Allied side in World War II. Many were in the thick of combat and made grave national sacrifices--yet general histories mention them only briefly or omit their story entirely.The assisting troops are given their due in this unique, comprehensive and readable history. Included are chapters about land and sea troops from such countries as Fiji, Trans-Jordan, Luxembourg, Brazil, Iran, Nigeria, as well as Maori, Assyrians, Gurkhas, Free Poles, and others.Knowing the lines drawn 40 years ago between sides will enable anyone to understand better national enmities and relations today.
Discover the remarkable history of the airplane that changed the world. Featuring almost 500 photographs and illustrations, The Legacy of the DC-3, is an exciting, detailed account of the development of the DC-3/C-47. Considered the most beloved and historically-important aircraft ever manufactured, the DC-3 flew over 100 billion miles and carried 700 million passengers. From the beginning of Donald Douglas' career through the war years to the DC-3s of today, this book captures the DC-3's many amazing accomplishments, as well as interesting behind-the-scenes stories of the personalities and struggles that shaped the airplane dubbed Queen of the Skies. Author Henry M. Holden's extensive research includes a roster of every surviving DC-3/C-47 he could locate, as well as details on each variant product. The Legacy of the DC-3, is a must-have book for the aviation historian, researcher, engineer, casual reader and buff.
This a story of pioneers, intrepid aviators, adventurers, tycoons and innovators. It is also a story of dedication and determination, for despite fixed-wing aircraft proving their value over the battlefields of the Western Front during the First World War, convincing governments and public alike that they had a role in peacetime proved far more challenging. The Americans, as inventors of heavier-than-air powered flight, had briefly courted with a passenger airline across Tampa Bay in 1914, yet it took a further nine years for mail to be flown coast-to-coast. In 1919 a British company made the first international scheduled flight between London and Paris, but the continuation of regular services was thwarted by a less-than-enthusiastic government that allowed its generously subsidised French competition, for a short time at least, to fly cross-Channel passenger schedules unimpeded. The British eventually realzed that fast links with their Empire were vital, followed the example of the French and Dutch who had forged air links with their cousins in North Africa and the Far East. Meanwhile, in South America, the Germans, forbidden under the Versailles Treaty from any major aircraft-building, were establishing cunning supremacy by forming airlines throughout South America and in China. While America awaited a transcontinental passenger service, Juan Trippe's Pan American Airways was crossing swords with Ralph O'Neill of New York, Rio & Buenos Aires Line (NYRBA) for air supremacy between the US, Brazil, Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America that led to the formation of arguably the world's greatest airline. In Russia, Igor Sikorsky had built a vast passenger-carrying aircraft, the Il'ya Muromets, and politicians debated whether giant airships or fixed-wing aircraft should rule the skies _ an issue that was put firmly to bed when the mighty German airship Hindenburg exploded while mooring at Lakehurst in 1937. Robert BluffieldÍs highly researched and detailed account tells the dramatic stories of explorers such as Kingsford Smith, Lindbergh and Cobham, and flamboyant entrepreneurs, some well known, others forgotten, who risked fortunes and reputations to follow their dreams of reaching and ruling the skies over empires, continents and oceans. Against bewildering adversity, corruption, underhanded deals and dwindling resources, these tenacious individuals braved the elements using primitive, entirely unsuitable equipment to establish earth-shrinking aerial services that criss-crossed the great oceans and the globe's most inhospitable territories. These are the stories of those pioneers _ of A_ropostale, CNAC, Air Orient, Imperial Airways, KLM, Deutsche Luft Hansa, Pan Am, SCADTA, The Condor Syndicat, Qantas and others that had a far-reaching impact on the way the modern world would travel.