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A biography of South Australia's gallant aviator BOY PHEONIX C.JAMES MELROSE

By Helen Blake

Jimmy Melrose was the darling of Australia's aviation world in the mid 1930's, adored and revered by everyone he encountered. At the age of 20 he flew solo around Australia in record breaking time. At 21, he flew solo across the world, and back again.

His fame spread after his astounding performance in the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race from UK to Australia in his beloved DeH Puss Moth. Handsome yet modest, at 22 he had the world at his feet, and laid plans that would make aviation not just his passion, but also his livelihood.

Fate intervened, and Jimmy Melrose's name has over time faded in the wider public arena. Yet he deserves to be remembered as the embodiment of chivalry, loyalty and a pioneering spirit. The book places Jimmy Melrose where he belongs, as a national symbol alongside Kingsford Smith and others of those early, adventurous days in the air that helped put Australia on the map.

Paperback, 179 pages.


Book in excellent brand new condition, from a smoke free home.
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