Sundowner reviews etc.

Reviews, articles and radio interviews

There has been a lot of publicity for Sundowner of the Skies, especially New Zealand, where Oscar Garden is now being hailed as New Zealand’s forgotten aviator.

Very honoured that Mr G. (Graeme Hoete), the acclaimed Māori artist, has done a magnificent portrait of my father at Tauranga Airport. This was unveiled and had a Maori Blessing on 11th August. It was one of the most profound and moving experiences of my life. See the clip in BOP article below. Since then there has been a description box added alongside, the text for which I provided.

There has also been quite a bit of feedback and discussion about cruel and cold fathers, the other thread in my book - besides the famous forgotten aviator! And what life was really like in the 1950s growing up in a small provincial town.

The review by Ross Fitzgerald in the Weekend Australian 24-25 August has been posted on his own website. It is marvelous!!!


21 August 2019: Duncan Garner, AM Show (TV), Auckland


Jean McCraw, ‘Historic Flight of Sutherland-born aviator, Northern Times (Scotland), 7 September 2019.

Leigh Robshaw, ‘Pioneering aviator finally remembered’, My Weekly Preview, 12 September 2019, pp. 26-27.

Ross Fitzgerald, ‘A Journey of Discovery’, The Weekend Australian, August 24-25, 2019, review, Books p 19.

Jean Bell, ‘Mr G mural unveils portrait honouring aviation hero Oscar Garden unveiled in Tauranga’, Bay of Plenty Times, 12 August 2019

Kate Wells, ‘Tauranga‘s ‘forgotten aviator’ honoured with mural’, The Sun (Tauranga), 12 August 2019

Rosalie Crawford, Weekend Sun (Tauranga), 2 August 2019,

Mary Barber, Your Time Magazine, pg. 14.

Jean Bell, ‘Mr G's latest portrait honouring aviation legend Oscar Garden takes flight’, Bay of Plenty Times, 23 July, 2019,

‘Oscar Garden, New Zealand’s forgotten aviator’, New Zealand Herald, 21 July 2019, Janet Mawdesley, Blue Wolf Reviews, 14 July 2019,

Ray Vuillermin, Australian Sport Pilot, July 2019, pg. 60

Grantlee Kieza, Dream Takes Flight, QWeekend, 6-7 July 2019, pg. 25.

Garry Shilson-Josling, Australian Aviation, 27 June 2019

Celebration of a book and an author, Glasshouse Country & Maleny News, 19 June 2019, pp. 2; 28.

Steven Carroll, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 June 2019, pg. 22.

Aziz, FMagazine: Celebrating Female Success, 13 June 2019 

Leigh Robshaw, ‘Remembering Oscar: Maleny writer Mary Garden remembers her pioneering father’, Salt, Winter 19, pp. 40-41.

Jacqui Hensel, ‘Mary’s Story Cycle’, Hinterland Times, June 2019, pg. 11.

Ashley Carter, ‘Soulful story of the ‘forgotten aviator’, Sunshine Coast Daily, 8 June 2019, pg. 30.

Book launch for Sundowner of the Skies, Glasshouse Country & Maleny News, 5 June 2019.

‘Crazy Brave’, Weekend Australian Magazine, 1-2 June, 2019, pp. 28-30 (edited extract from book)

‘In profile: Mary Garden’, Glasshouse Country & Maleny News, 22 May 2019, pg. 8.

‘Mr G mural unveils portrait honouring aviation hero Oscar Garden unveiled in Tauranga’, Bay of Plenty Times, 12 August


8 August: Brian Kelly at Coast FM Tauranga

10 July: Marilyn Jones, 92.7 Bay and Basin FM, pre-recorded.

1st July: Radio Sydney Breakfast, Josh Sveps, Catch me at 3:07 on this clip

27th June: 4CA 846 AM, Laurie Atlas, The Daily Agenda, The Greatest Aviation Story You’ve Never Heard

30th June: RNZ National, Jim Mora, Oscar Garden: The New Zealand aviation legend you've never heard of ://

19th June: 2ST Dave Stretton, pre-recorded

11th June: ABC Tropical North, Meechan Philpott, re-recorded  

5th June: ABC Sunshine Coast, Annie Gaffney, 9:50 am

28 May: ABC Goldfields-Esperance Poppy Penny 12:50 pm.

OUTSPOKEN MALENY: I was interviewed by Steven Lang at his Outspoken event at Maleny 25 June 2019