Angels in the Outback Paperback
The Australian Inland Mission
by Max Griffiths;
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Angels in the Outback
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We see Sister Latto Bett travelling on an open trolley along one of the few outback railways, and holding up an umbrella to protect her from the intense heat. We glimpse Padre Plowman riding a camel, for it was still the main carrier in a vast arid area. Here in the late 1920s the world's first flying doctor service was founded. It was made possible by Flynn's supporters; a young and dedicated Melbourne doctor named George Simpson; Alfred Traegar of Adelaide who devised a pedal wireless that linked outback homesteads and camps with the faraway pilot and doctor; and the engineers who managed to fit a stretcher inside the cramped cabin of the tiny Qantas aircraft of that era. Above all Flynn received financial help from two Victorians, the fundraising the Reverend J A Barbour and the celebrated maker of harvesting machines, H.V. McKay. Tens of thousands of other Australians, many of whom were poor, donated the money that spread this aerial network across the continent. After Flynn died, his role as leader was taken up by Fred McKay, a North Queenslander, and then by Max Griffiths, the author of this book.
The brisk revival of outback mining in the second half of the twentieth century, and the changing way of life of Aboriginal peoples, multiplied the calls on the organisation that Flynn had founded. Max Griffiths carries the story into this new era. This book was just waiting to be written, but the records had to be scoured and sifted and selected, and the evidence weighed, and the people and the atmosphere of the times carefully brought to life. Max Griffiths took on this task, and many readers will thank him for weaving together these important strands of Australian history.
Angels in the Outback by Max Griffiths was published by Rosenberg Publishing in September 2012. The ISBN for Angels in the Outback is 9781921719585.
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|Page last updated||18th April 2017|
|Author / Artist||Max Griffiths|
|Publisher||Rosenberg Publishing (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||352|