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Following the tragic events of February, 1937, when the Stinson Airliner VH-UHH crashed in the McPherson Range, I have received many oft-repeated and apparently sincere requests to write the story of that memorable rescue in which it was my good fortune to play the principal part.

Green Mountains, Bernard O’Reilly


A rescue story that has to be read to be believed.  Ten days after their plane had crashed into rainforest in a cyclone, two men were still alive.  Bernard O’Reilly was their rescuer, and fortunately for us he was a great writer.  He was also renowned in south-east Queensland, Australia, as part of the first generation of the family that built O’Reilly’s Guesthouse in 1926 in the Lamington National Park, now run by the third generation.