The topdressers

Janic Geelen, Author

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Maker and Role
Janic Geelen, Author
Production Date
"This book tells for the first time the remarkable story of aerial topdressing in New Zealand. It begins with Len Daniell, who tried to interest the Government in providing an aircraft for trials in 1926, and ends with an industry poised on the brink of change." - book jacket

Contents: Men of vision / 'operation topdress' / the Canterbury connection / Poverty Bay pioneers / growing with the north - helping the north to grow / tales of rural Taranaki / wings over the Waikato / of forests, fires and fertiliser / it started on Molesworth / short stories from the Central Districts / 'there's a cabbage tree over the hill' / tigers in the bay / the bush pilots take up topdressing / in search of the ideal topdresser / red tape, blueprint, white paper / list of operators / aerial topdressing and spraying licenses / agricultural pilots / agricultural aircraft specifications / aerial work statistics / conversion factors
Limited edition no.169 of 700
Physical Description
367 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), facsimiles, map, portraits (some colour) ; 31 cm.
Book no. 169 of a limited edition of 700. Hand-written
Janic Geelen Signature
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Credit Line
Janic Geelen. 1983. The topdressers, 05-2507. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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