Crowds in Brisbane to see Bert Hinkler's Avro Avian, 1928

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Where: Queensland, , Australia

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When: 01 January 1928

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One of two pictures of the week - the parade of Bert Hinkler's Avro Avian aeroplane through the streets of Brisbane.

Herbert John Louis (Bert) Hinkler, aviator, was born in Bundaberg, Queensland in 1892. He made the first solo flight from Britain to Australia in 1928. The flight was in a single-engine Avro Avian G-EBOV and took just over 15 days. In 1931, he completed the first solo flight from Canada via the South Atlantic to England in a Puss Moth aircraft. He died in 1933 whilst attempting another solo flight from England to Australia.

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Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Description: Bert Hinkler's plane is mounted on the back of a British built Leyland truck.

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    • 19/Jun/2009 09:51:02

    Dad ("Harry" Drew) remembers Shorncliffe State School pupils being given a half-day holiday so that they could disperse to local vantage points to watch Bert Hinkler fly in towards Eagle Farm. The place he and his younger brother stood to watch was a vacant block on the corner of Raymond Street and Wharf Street, Shorncliffe. (The spot is now occupied by that younger brother's swimming pool.) Dad would have been going on 7 years of age and in Grade 2 at the time.

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    • 22/Jun/2009 00:57:27

    What a treat for the school students. Thanks for adding your story, Geoff.

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    • 22/Jun/2009 04:12:52

    I wonder what it would take to deserve another half-day holiday, these days? Dad's recollection (81 years on, and a bit hazy) is that the plane flew almost directly overhead, so it would seem that Hinkler was following the coast and would have come in fairly low over Brighton, Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Nudgee Beach and Cribb Island before landing.