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By Sir Francis Chichester

On the age of 18 and with a flavor for experience, Francis Chichester emigrated to New Zealand with in basic terms ten kilos in his pocket. With the impetuousness of teenybopper he attempted his hand at a myriad of jobs, and via the age of 26 he have been a farmhand, a boxer, a shepherd, a lumberjack, a member of 3 exchange unions - the Firemen's, the Miners' and the bushes employees' - a railway employee, a gold prospector, a coal miner, a door-to-door salesman, and a land agent. And it was once in simple terms then that his actual adventures begun. it'd be from an opportunity enterprise enterprise that Chichester may notice the fervour for go back and forth that may switch his lifestyles. With a fellow risk-taker, he helped to set up an early aviation corporation and started to fly the planes - although now not unavoidably with a right away expertise. yet enthusiasm and adventure made him a pace-setter of the sphere, and in 1929 he launched into his most famed flight: a solo company within the "Gipsy Moth" from England to Australia. He was once the second one individual ever to complete that feat. He used to be an exceptional sailor in addition to aviator, and he received a trans-Atlantic race within the yacht "Gipsy Moth III", and in 1967 he was once knighted. this is often Sir Francis Chichester's autobiography - a story of passion and experience, of intrepid endeavours on land, at the sea and within the air, and of the actual and psychological demanding situations he confronted.

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I was due to go to the university and stay there until I was twenty-five, preparing for the Indian Civil Service. I felt that this was all wrong, and that I would not be living a proper life. 35 THE LONELY SEA AND THE SKY CHAPTER 3 FARMHAND I had read some old novels of my father’s about Australia by Ralph Boldrewood. Two of them were Miners Right and The Squatter’s Dream, and there was another about bushrangers. I thought that this would be the right life for me, and I said that I wanted to emigrate to Australia.

I used to lie in my bunk in the morning listening to the other chaps getting the cows in; I started work the easy way at 8 o’clock. This farm belonged to three brothers called Williams, and their brother-in-law. Two of the Williams brothers and I totalled twelve feet round the chest, me being the smallest with forty inches. They were powerful men, and magnificent horsemen. We had eighty horses on the place, and used to break them in periodically. Sunday morning’s amusement was to put me on one and see how long it took before I was thrown.

This farm belonged to three brothers called Williams, and their brother-in-law. Two of the Williams brothers and I totalled twelve feet round the chest, me being the smallest with forty inches. They were powerful men, and magnificent horsemen. We had eighty horses on the place, and used to break them in periodically. Sunday morning’s amusement was to put me on one and see how long it took before I was thrown. Once, the bucking bust the saddle girth and I shot through the air in a great arc with the saddle still between my legs.

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