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Hudson Fysh
Written by:
Grantlee Kieza 
Read by:
Tamblyn Lord 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
13 hours 48 minutes 
November 03 2022 
Available Date:
November 03 2022 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Australian; Biography 
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Bestselling author
Award winning journalist

Bestselling author Grantlee Kieza reveals the extraordinary life of the Gallipoli veteran and WWI Flying Corp gunner who founded Qantas and gave Australia its wings.

Hudson Fysh was a decorated World War I hero who not only founded Australia's national airline, Qantas, but steered it for almost half a century from its humble beginnings with two rickety biplanes to the age of the jumbo jets. One of Australia's celebrated Light Horsemen at Gallipoli, Fysh went on to fly death-defying missions for Lawrence of Arabia with the Australian Flying Corps and battle Germans in deadly dogfights in the skies over Palestine. On his return from the Great War, Fysh launched his bush airline, the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd (Qantas), with the help of a wartime pilot friend and some western Queensland graziers. After flying the first scheduled Qantas passenger flight in 1922, he ushered in the Flying Doctor Service that still assists remote communities. Fysh went on to guide Qantas through the dark days of the Great Depression, the perilous years of World War II and into the great boom in international tourism that followed with the jet age, giving millions of Australians their first experience of international travel.

'Kieza is a prolific and successful biographer with the lives of Lachlan Macquarie, Banjo Paterson, John Monash and Bert Hinkler already published, along with a number of sportsmen. He has a fluid writing style in which he wears his research lightly, yet it is thoroughly annotated.' (on Banks)
Spectator Australia

‘The author writes with the immediacy of a fine documentary … an easy, informative read, bringing historic personalities to life’ (on Grantlee Kieza)
Ballarat Courier