We and the Baby Flyer

We and the Baby Flyer

by Ian Itter
(Swan Hill Victoria)

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This is the story of a pioneering trip made by two New Zealanders to the top of Australia on Cape York in a 1928 Baby Austin car.

This little car, called Emily made the journey in 1929 and it was this trip, and his recollections of the journey that (Captain) Hector MacQuarrie wrote of so entertainingly in several instalment’s for the ‘Sydney Mail’

Following the completion of this trip, the little car was afterwards sold to a resident of Thursday Island, a Mrs. Vidgen daughter of the great Frank Jardine of Jardine’s Inlet.

It was with difficulty that the Austin agents bought the car back again, so attached was Mrs. Vidgen to the tiny car, the car was then put on show in Sydney and afterwards presented by the Austin agents to Mr. Hector MacQuarrie and Mr. Richard Matthews.

The original Baby Austin which made the arduous trip now rests beneath the waves, with the wrecked ship ‘The Tahiti’



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Aug 29, 2018
Great read and amazing journey
by: Peter

I was given this book by a gentleman I met in Hervey Bay during my trip to the cape in 2018. It was an original and contained the original photographs. A fantastic read of two courageous men from New Zealand. It certainly inspired me to continue my journey.

Feb 26, 2017

by: Maree

Hi I have this book it's very old and seems to have an original photos stuck in it a gentleman gave it to my mother many years ago

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