‘The history of Point Cook is an important story. One which should be better known to all Australians.’ – Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)
Point Cook has helped to shape modern Australia. Near Melbourne on the shore of Port Phillip, it has been the location for a significant number of the country’s aviation ‘firsts’. From the birth of Australia’s military aviation, through the encouragement of fledgling civil air services, to the training of many of the country’s top military and commercial pilots, Point Cook has played a role second to none.
Cultural historian Steve Campbell-Wright skilfully weaves a tale spanning a century that gives a glimpse into the often-secretive world behind the gates of the Birthplace of Military Aviation. The tale abounds with the personal stories of those who were there, providing a fascinating mix of triumph and tragedy in a world experienced by very few in the nation’s past.
About the Author
Steve Campbell-Wright has served in the Air Force for over 35 years. He holds a master’s degree in arts from the University of Melbourne, postgraduate qualifications in cultural heritage from Deakin University, and has studied for a PhD at the University of Melbourne. He has deployed to most major areas of operations over the last two decades and has taken part in representational visits to the United Kingdom, South Korea, Malaysia, Tonga, Brunei, Canada, Ireland and Turkey.
Steve has written on subjects as diverse as heritage homes of the Australian Defence Force and Australia’s motoring heritage. His recreational interests include agricultural heritage and education, vintage car restoration and rebuilding historical aircraft.