Courage in the Skies

Jim Eames In Conversation with Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd)

Saturday 25 August 2018
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Senate Chamber
Museum of Australian Democracy

In this ripping tale of bravery and sacrifice, Jim Eames chronicles the extraordinary story of the role Qantas played during World War II. Courage in the Skies tells of the pilots and crew who rescued civilians while the Japanese advanced towards Australia. Here Eames bring these tales of derring-do to life, in conversation with former Chief of the Defence Force Sir Angus Houston.

Jim Eames began his career in journalism as a police reporter and aviation writer at the Melbourne Sun News-Pictorial, later serving several years as editor of one of the Herald and Weekly Times’ newspapers in Papua New Guinea. Joining the Department of Civil Aviation in the late 1960s he served as a Ministerial Press Secretary in the Gorton government and Civil Aviation adviser to the Minister for Transport in the Whitlam government. He was later appointed Director of Public Affairs for Qantas before retiring in 1994. Since then he has written eight books, the last of which is Courage in the Skies. He lives in Gerringong, NSW.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community. Sir Angus retired from the military in July 2011 after serving for 41 years.