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I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

It's been a big day for the citizens of Harihari as they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the first solo flight across the Tasman Sea from Sydney to New Zealand.
Australian pilot, Guy Menzies, crash-landed his plane in a swamp near the small West Coast settlement on 7th January 1931 after a journey of almost 12 hours.
A biography - Guy Menzies: The Forgotten Flier - by Max Wearne should be available from your favourite online bookstore.

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