1983, English, Object edition: Commemorative plaque

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Commemorative plaque
 
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Physical Description
  • Plaques
  • 100 mm x 75 mm
  • Personal Effects
Published
  • 1983
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Commemorative plaque
Other Contributors
  • Bonney, Lores (Owner)
  • Bonney, Lores (Owned)
Published
  • 1983
Physical Description
  • Plaques
  • 100 mm x 75 mm
  • Personal Effects
Subjects
Summary
  • Plaque for Australia to England solo flight from the Lores Bonney collection, brass, maker unknown, Wodonga, Australia, 1983 Rectangular commemorative plaque made of brass. The front side is painted black with gold printed text and images showing Lores Bonney's flight course, while the back is plain and undecorated. Some scratch marks can also be seen on the back side, running in a diagonal direction.
Notes
  • The front side of the plaque reads, 'The Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia /​ WODONGA 1983 /​ Commemorating /​ Mrs. H. BONNEY /​ First woman to fly solo /​ Australia to England /​ 1933 /​ DH MOTH /​ VH-UPV'. On the rear side of the plaque in the bottom left hand corner is the number '12' imprinted.
  • In the 1930s Lores Bonney created aviation history by being the first woman to fly around Australia, the first to fly from Australia to England and the first to fly from Australia to South Africa. Yet her accomplishments until recently have never received the recognition they deserve. In 1933 she flew her De Havilland DH 60 Moth, affectionately named My Little Ship, from Australia to England becoming the first woman to do so. In 1937 she flew a Klemm 32, named My Little Ship II, overland from Australia to South Africa. Lores Bonney's stopped flying in 1939. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 1991 and died in 1994. This award commemorates the first solo flight from Australia to England made by a woman in Australia. It was presented to Lores Bonney by the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia, Wodonga, in 1983. The plaque is engraved with a map of Bonney's flight route. Significance Statement, Geoff Barker, March, 2007 References Terry Gwyn-Jones, Pioneer Aviator; the Remarkable Life of Lores Bonney, University of Queensland Press, Queensland, Australia, 1988 William Joy, The Aviators, Golden Press, Sydney, Australia, 1983 Ellen Rogers, Faith in Australia; Charles Ulm and Australian Aviation, Ellen Rogers, Sydney, Australia, 1987 Leslie Jillet, Wings across the Tasman, A.H. &​ A.W. Reed, Wellington, New Zealand, 1953 Blue File, Powerhouse Museum, B2604 Significance Statement, Geoff Barker, March, 2007
Language
  • English
Image Number
  • 213519
  • 7108
  • B2604-23

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