Max Hazelton left school at age 14 to help out on the family farm in the central west of New South Wales. Many country students at that time, the early 1940s, did the same. He later completed an automative trade certificate through Sydney Technical College and soon after gained his private pilot's licence and a commercial pilot's licence. Max went on to found the Hazelton Air Taxi and Charter Service, which later became Hazelton Airlines.
Although the airline no longer exists, Max made an outstanding contribution to regional aviation in Australia. In June 2000, I interviewed Max for a feature article I wrote for the Central Western Daily newspaper. You can read this story here.