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Francis Birtles

Author: Warren Brown
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : Hachette Australia, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the colourful story of FRANCIS BIRTLES, a fascinating individual who led a life of incredible adventure and exploration in Australia and throughout the world. A narrative account of the life and times of one of Australia's most extraordinary adventurers - a man who crossed Australia more than 70 times in the early part of the 20th century - by bicycle and car. In 1927 he achieved the greatest motoring feat  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Francis Birtles; Francis Birtles
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Brown
ISBN: 9780733628672 0733628672
OCLC Number: 768804982
Description: 1 volume
Contents: 1. North-Western Burma ? 1928 --
2. Blind date with the motor car --
3. The age of overlanding --
4. Branching out --
5. Ferguson and Brush 1912 --
6. The Ford years --
7. With Hurley into Australia?s unknown --
8. The war --
9. In the track of Burke and Wills --
10. Frank and Clive --
11. Francis Birtles film enterprises --
12. The strange case of Roy Fry --
13. Everything changes ... --
14. Special service squadron --
15. All British expedition --
16. The scarlet runner --
17. The sundowner --
18. The proposition --
19. The bean car company --
20. The little man in blue --
21. The imperial six --
22. On the way --
23. Spies in Turkey --
24. Baluchistan and after --
25. Birtles? return --
26. On the road --
27. Into the desert --
28. Into Persia --
29. North west frontier, India --
30. Headhunters --
31. Is Frank dead? --
32. The final stretch --
33. The later years.
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This is the colourful story of FRANCIS BIRTLES, a fascinating individual who led a life of incredible adventure and exploration in Australia and throughout the world. A narrative account of the life and times of one of Australia's most extraordinary adventurers - a man who crossed Australia more than 70 times in the early part of the 20th century - by bicycle and car. In 1927 he achieved the greatest motoring feat of the times, driving a car from London to Melbourne. This story follows his exploits across scorching Arabic deserts, through steamy Indian jungles and mountain snowstorms. In between these journeys he made a collection of documentaries and films of his encounters with the outback. He documented his exploration of Australia in his book, BATTLEFRONTS OF OUTBACK. He eventually travelled to the Northern Territory in search of gold and retired a wealthy man.

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