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Hudson Fysh

By: Grantlee Kieza
Narrated by: Tamblyn Lord
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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.

©2022 Grantlee Kieza (P)2022 Bolinda Publishing
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Mispronunciations grating

I enjoyed the book but found the mispronunciation of the Queensland towns mentioned in the book grating. Overall interesting story and an adequate narration.

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Magnificent historical story

It is such a pleasure to read this amazing story of the Australian pioneers - especially about Fish who was undoubtedly one of the most famous

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Excellent biography of a great Australian

I have heard of Hudson Fysh for years, but knew little about his life until listening to this very detailed biography. Grantlee Kieza has done a wonderful job of researching Fysh's life and telling his story, and that of Qantas, in an entertaining way. The stories of early aviation in Australia were the highlight, in my opinion - all those small planes, inadequate airstrips, frequent crashes and fatalities. It's not a happy story in many ways, but quite fascinating to hear about.
Tamblyn Lord gave a good reading, but with lots of mispronunciations of Australian place names, eg Barcaldine, Windorah, Urandangie. One would think a producer would be on hand to ask a nearby Queenslander, or look up the pronunciations.

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A must read for any Australian aviation enthusiast

A very descriptive and interesting account of the life of Hudson Fysh and the birth of Australian air travel. Well read and very clear. Loved the story and recommend very highly.

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A fantastic journey of a truly remarkable Australian

A remarkable story of a remarkable man who gave so much in serving his country and leading by example. Wonderfully written and read.

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Fascinating listening

This story enthralled us from the beginning and as we have visited the QANTAS museum in Longreach and have read much of the information, listening to the whole story was fascinating. It was very well read and there is only one aspect which could have been better - the reader should have been appraised of the correct pronunciation of some of the towns in Qld mentioned in the parts relating to the foundation days of QANTAS.
Overall, a great listen and a story of courage and fortitude never to be forgotten.

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A truly remarkable tale

I loved this heart-warming tale of a young war hero who started a little airline in the Australian outback and then grew it into one of the world's great airlines, transforming life for all Australians in the process. A terrific story and very well read. Thanks Grantlee Kieza and Tamblyn Lord.

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