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When Chairmen Were Patriots

Elizabeth Fysh

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Boolarong Press
01 March 2020
Biography; Biography: general; Biography: historical, political & military
Fergus McMaster started with nothing and with his brothers built a sprawling pastoral empire in western Queensland.

Following his return from World War I, a chance meeting outside Cloncurry with Lieutenant Paul McGinness took him on a new path. With Lieutenant Hudson Fysh, the three men followed the young airmen's dream of establishing an airline. McMaster knew it was never going to be easy. Aviation was still very much in its infancy.

McMaster threw his whole weight behind the enterprise, scouring the length and breadth of the country drumming up support. As the founding chairman of QANTAS he guided the infant airline with a steady hand through its most turbulent and colourful years of establishment, internationalisation, WW2 and ultimately the government take-over.

Always intensely patriotic, he saw his role in QANTAS as a service to the nation and took little in the way of fees or salary.

It is fitting in this centenary year of QANTAS to pay tribute to his legacy.
By:   Elizabeth Fysh
Imprint:   Boolarong Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9781925877441
ISBN 10:   1925877442
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Elizabeth Fysh grew up on her parents' property near Kynuna, 150 kilometres from Winton in Queensland's central west. After attending the University of Queensland, she married Frith Fysh and took up life at Answer Downs. In 1984, the family moved to Longreach, buying Acacia Downs from the Estate of Ainslie Templeton. There, the couple became very involved in the establishment of the Qantas Founders' Museum. Now widowed and living in Brisbane, Elizabeth has written for newspapers and other publications, but this is her first biography.

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