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Beyond the Sky: the passions and pioneering life of Millicent Bryant, aviator

Beyond the Sky: the passions and pioneering life of Millicent Bryant, aviator (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Vicars, James

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In Australia in the mid 1920s, flight was still new, dangerous and glamorous - and aviators were all men. That was until a petite and quietly-spoken 49 year-old mother of three, Millicent Bryant, took her first flight, igniting a passion that led her to become the first woman in ...the Commonwealth outside Britain to gain a pilot's licence. While newspapers all over Australia began following her progress in the 'race', few outside her family knew the determination and depth of personality that took her into other areas considered unusual for a woman at that time, such as business and politics. And were it not for an ironic stroke of fate, her name may have become as familiar as other pioneers of the air such as Smithy, Hinkler or Nancy Bird Walton. Working from Millicent's own rediscovered letters and writings as well as newspapers and other historical sources, this innovative biographical work reveals a pioneer of the sky and beyond. On one hand it tells, for the first time, of a flyer who was also a businesswoman, small-scale property developer, golfer, student of Japanese at Sydney University and early motorist who had driven over 35,000 miles around New South Wales up to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko - and who could fix her own car to boot. On the other, it seeks to illuminate the inner story of a highly individual, modern woman whose life encompassed not only hidden romance, heartbreak and tragedy but also a spirit of change in the social, political and marital conventions of 20th century Australia.
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ISBN 9781925556520
Published NZ 3 Nov 2020
Publisher Melbourne Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
852 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9781925556520
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Melbourne Books
Imprint Melbourne Books
Published 3 Nov 2020
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Vicars, James
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Sport
Aviation Skills / Piloting
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 556g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Sport
ONIX Text General/trade