First Powered Flight in Australia - Introduction
Colin Defries with his Wright Model A ?The Stella? at Victoria Park Racecourse, Image courtesy of John Scott
On December 9th 2009 the Powerhouse Museum celebrated the centenary of the first powered flight in Australia through a joint meeting with the Royal Aeronautical Society and Aviation Historical Society of NSW and a small display. In Victoria, the same centenary is celebrated on March 18, 2010. It is possible that in South Australian a similar celebration could be held the day before, on March 17, 2010. But how can all three States claim a national first? It?s a long story but nevertheless an interesting one which includes, of all people, the renowned escapologist and showman, Harry Houdini. If I?ve whetted your interest then this story of claim and counter claim is unravelled in the four episodes attached to this theme. I did mention that it is a long story!
Curator, November 2009
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