The flying career of John Robertson Duigan spanned just a decade from 1908 to 1918. His name is little known outside a small circle of aviation enthusiasts but 100 years ago he built and successfully flew the first aeroplane made in Australia using only photographs, journal articles and an unreliable textbook as his guides. He was the first Australian to fly a powered Australian-made aeroplane in Australia.
The full story of John Duigan and his flying career has now been published for the first time. From his early years as a Melbourne schoolboy to his heroic activities as a pilot on the Western Front in World War One, the life of John Duigan is a story of ingenuity and independence.