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Francis Birtles

Francis Birtles
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This is the gripping account of the life and times of one of Australia's most extraordinary adventurers, Francis Birtles, a man who crossed Australia more than seventy times in the early part of the 20th century - by bicycle and car. In 1927 he acheived 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, Birtles made a collection of documentaries and films of his encounters with the outback and wrote about his exploration of Australia in BATTLEFRONTS OF OUTBACK. Eventually he travelled to the Northern Territory in search of gold - and retired a wealthy man.
Hachette Australia; October 2012
400 pages; ISBN 9780733629389
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