Traeger: The Pedal Radio Man

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 116 pages
Author: F. McKay
Year: 1995
ISBN: 9780864391926
Other: b&w photos, maps, bibliog, appendixes
Publisher: Boolarong Press

Alfred Hermann Traeger was the kind of person whose life story is best told as a Fireside yarn. This book is not an attempt to be a definitive biography of him, but it is meant to be a record of some of the things he did in life.

Traeger discovered the meaning of life when travelling along lonely outback tracks. He loved the smell of gum trees on the banks of the meandering bush creeks. He found a strange happiness in giving what he called 'a big surprise' to isolated families in the Never Never who were completely cut off from the rest of the world in Australia's outback.

This is the story about the man who gave a voice to the bush with the invention of the miracle pedal radio and enabled John Flynn to create a 'mantle of safety' for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Introduction and Dedication
1. A Farmer's Son with New Ideas
2. A Bush Person with New Ideas
3. They Met in a Garage Workshop
4. 'The Light on the Hill'
5. 'Take me to Cloncurry'
6. He Put on his Sunday Suit
7. The New Term 'Pedal Wireless'
8. Calls from all Over the Bush
9. Taking the Tears Out of Morse Code
10. Ion Idriess Write a Book
11. Then Came the 'Galah Session'
12. The New Flying Doctor Organisation
13. The Unexpected Happening
14. War and Post-War
15. From 'Body Charts' to 'Single Side-Band'
16. 'Traeger is Dead'

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