FRANCIS Birtles was, in the first half of the 20th Century, one of Australia’s most well-known adventurers, writers and photographers, with his exploits in outback Australia being documented in hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, numerous movies and a couple of books.
He crossed Australia 80 odd times, but his greatest feat was being the first to drive a motor vehicle from London to Melbourne in 1928, way before anyone else. The vehicle with which he did some of his most extensive and gruelling travels in, ‘The Sundowner’, as he called it, is now displayed at the Australian National Museum in Canberra.
This book is by far the most comprehensive biography of Birtles’ life and adventures. It is backed up by in-depth research, with access to family members and obscure records spread across archives and libraries Australia-wide. A host of photos are also included to illustrate his many travels and experiences.
The book shows the lengths he went to (some a little illegal) to achieve his goals, but most of all it illustrates his toughness and his perseverance to get a job done, no matter the odds.
AVAILABLE FROM: https://scholarly.info
WE SAY: Inspiring and well worth a read.
AUTHOR: Terry G Birtles
PUBLISHER: Australian Scholarly Publishing