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Andrew Tink on the Air Disaster at Paperchain

By 11 July 2013 0

Event Schedule
  • 23 July 2013 at 5:45 pm

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Please join us to hear Andrew Tink speak about Air Disaster Canberra: The plane crash that destroyed a government.

Tuesday July 23
5.45 for 6.00pm

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Telephone 6295 6723 or
email info@paperchainbookstore.com.au

1940. Wartime Australia. Key members of Menzies’ government die in a fiery plane crash. What went wrong and what happened next? In August 1940 Australia had been at war for almost a year when a Hudson bomber – the A16-97 – carrying ten people, including three cabinet ministers, crashed into a ridge near Canberra. In the ghastly inferno that followed the crash, the nation lost its key war leaders. Over the next twelve months, it became clear that the passing of Geoffrey Street, Sir Henry Gullett and James Fairbairn had destabilised Robert Menzies’ wartime government. As a direct but delayed consequence, John Curtin became prime minister in October 1941. Controversially, this book also tells the story of whether Air Minister Fairbairn, rather than the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot Bob Hitchcock, had been at the controls. Andrew Tink tells an engrossing and dramatic tale of a little-known aspect of Australia’s political history.

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