Fords and Flying Machines


by Patricia Bernard (Author)

Book Cover for Fords and Flying Machines

   Book 11   
Pages: 263
Fords and Flying Machines: The Diary of Jack McLaren, Longreach, 1919-1921

Jack McLaren's dream is to be an automobile mechanic. When his uncle offers him an apprenticeship in Longreach, Jack jumps at the chance. Little does Jack know that his long trip to central Queensland will be the start of a whole new dream. Jack is soon on the first automobile ever to travel the Gulf Track from Longreach to Katherine. With him are two World War I pilots with dreams of their own. After weeks of breakdowns, broken axles, crocodiles and snakes, all agree that there are easier ways to cross the Australian outback. The Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service is about to be born.

My Australian Story Series—Summary and Book Order


Series: My Australian Story
Reading level: 9+
Books in series: 34
Read in order? No
Next release: Finished
Tags: adventure  historical  culture  realistic fiction 

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Books in series order


1.   A Banner Bold  (2000)
2.   Secrets and Sisterhood (A Tale of Two Families)  (2000)
3.   Plagues and Federation  (2000)
4.   Surviving Sydney Cove  (2000)
5.   The Deadly Flu (A Different Sort of Real)  (2001)
6.   The Rum Rebellion  (2001)
7.   The Yankee Whaler  (2001)
8.   Who Am I?  (2001)
9.   Voyage to Botany Bay (On Board the Boussole)  (2002)
10.   The Bombing of Darwin  (2002)
11.   Fords and Flying Machines  (2003)
12.   Snowy  (2003)
13.   Riding with Thunderbolt  (2004)
14.   Our Don Bradman  (2004)
15.   A Marathon of Her Own  (2004)
16.   Our Enemy, My Friend  (2005)
17.   New Gold Mountain  (2005)
18.   Outback  (2005)
19.   Cyclone Tracy  (2006)
20.   Refugee  (2006)
21.   The Melting Pot  (2007)
22.   Archer's Melbourne Cup  (2007)
23.   Snatched by Pirates (Claw of the Dragon)  (2008)
24.   Atomic Testing  (2009)
25.   The Hunt for Ned Kelly  (2010)
26.   The Phar Lap Mystery  (2010)
27.   My Father's War  (2011)
28.   Sydney Harbour Bridge  (2012)
29.   Heroes of Tobruk  (2012)
30.   Escape from Cockatoo Island  (2013)
31.   Gallipoli  (2013)
32.   Fremantle Prison Break  (2013)
33.   Kokoda  (2014)
34.   Convict Girl  (2014)