Graeme Hill talks with Gerard Hindmarsh as Weekend Variety Wireless returns for 2018, with Outsiders - this week on Richard Pearce.
It was 1903 when Richard took off in his aircraft... and Graeme says he really symbolizes kiwi ingenuity.
No photographs exist of him after 1917... he left no dairy or journal behind about his life... although we know he ended up in an institution.
Since then, New Zealand has created three plays, a tv show, and a movie on his story.
He was known at Mad Pearce to his neighbours.... he didn't fit in.Listen to the full audio with Gerard Hindmarsh above.
Listen to the full audio with Gerard Hindmarsh above.
Weekend Variety Wireless with Graeme Hill, 8pm - midnight Saturdays and Sundays, on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the Rova app on Android and iPhone.