Remote north Queensland has long been a region of Australia that has attracted pioneers, adventurers, eccentrics, and a ragtag assortment of knockabout characters who seek a place to be themselves, to be accepted, and to bypass the rules of modern society – and sometimes to break those rules.
Queenslander, Barry Peterson, trained a guerrilla force of mountain fighters in Vietnam, leading them in daring raids against the Viet Cong enemy. For his courage and patriotism he was marked by the American CIA for assassination, narrowly escaping with his life.
Noel Vonhoff was a mercenary fighter pilot in the bloody Biafran war, the only Australian to fly a Russian MiG-17 aircraft in combat. He recounts his astonishing feats of skill and bravery in the skies over Africa.
Cape York man, Reuben Poonkalya, was stabbed completely through his frontal brain lobe and miraculously lived to tell the tale.
Rocket engineer, Steven W. Agee, blew the whistle on the reason the space shuttle, Challenger, exploded just after take-off in 1986, killing all seven astronauts on board. He lifted the lid on perhaps the biggest cover-up in the history of the United States.
Fred Cole was the notorious anti-smoking activist who waged war on tobacco advertising billboards around Australia. He was the graffiti king – the man from BUGA UP.
And Dottie Darwen, the legendary barmaid whose name became synonymous with Cairns’ infamous waterfront strip known as the Barbary Coast, talks about a lifetime of pulling beer in some of Australia’s toughest pubs.
Author and investigative journalist ,Robert Reid, has chosen 15 fascinating stories selected from his many years of interviews and reporting in Australia’s north.
LEGENDS of AUSTRALIA’s WILD NORTH is compelling reading – guaranteed to thrill and entertain the reader.
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