The Story of Australian Roller Coasters is a fascinating history
that spans the late 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries. Reading any
Aussie newspaper of the late 19th century, you'd discover that
people thought roller coasters were a nuisance and were intolerant
of them. In 1888 the Executive Commission of the Melbourne
International Centennial Exhibition scoffed at the idea of including
sideshows and a roller coaster at the prestigious exhibition.
Despite the resistance of some local residents, the Executive
Commission members voted 3-2 to include a Switchback Railway at the
exhibition. It ended up being one of the few attractions that
generated income and was the saviour of the exhibition, so the
Commission were spared complete embarrassment. During the nine
months that the Switchback Railway was in operation, more than
390,000 people enjoyed a ride on it.
Here are only a few examples of what
you'll read about in this Unique, 127 year Australian History.
- People who designed our
Gravity Railways, Switchback Railways and Scenic Railways.
- The inspiration New Zealand
architect Edmunde Anscombe, who in 1925 saved the New Zealand,
Dunedin South Seas Exhibition from disaster.
- Our Controversial Big Dippers
and Wonderland Theme Park, and why they did'nt survive.
- An Interview with Australia's
our only roller coaster designer, Phil Hammond, about the Orphan
Rocker in Katoomba.
- A line up of modern day
coasters and the thrills you experience on them.
- A general overview of roller
The Book Features
- Some Beautiful photos gathered
in Australia, New Zealand and the United States
- a Comprehensive timeline
including most Australian and New Zealand roller coasters
- a Glossary
Condition: Very good.