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Book Overview

Gerard Leahy invites readers to a trip down memory lane in a tribute memoir to his father, one of Australia’s most important early pastoralists, J. J. Leahy.
Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Two GenerationsFirst Generation details the early life of the author’s father as his boyhood and adulthood phases unfold before the reader’s eyes.
Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Two GenerationsSecond Generation goes on to document how they went onto live a very different life in a now bygone era.

The nostalgic literary picture of life back then will awaken waves of longing for people who once experienced that era and let the present generation have a peak to what was.

Horses, Cars and Aircraft JJ Leahy, known as the “Back County Baron”, pioneered the use of aircraft in Australia’s more remote pastoral regions. In this book Gerard Leahy, JJ’s youngest son, relates how JJ moved from horses, to cars, then aircraft to visit his 50 plus properties in New South Wales and Queensland. It includes the unusual story of the Vauxhall 30/98 OE221 purchased from the Vauxhall Works in Luton, England in 1925.