Harry George Hawker - Australian Pioneer Aviator
Harry Hawker Inducted into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame






















Harry Hawker was one of six people inducted into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame
on 8th November 2014.   Reginald Myles Ansett, Aviator and Businessman, Horace Clowes Brinsmead OBE, MC, Australia's first Controller of Civil Aviation, Colin Pay , a pioneer in the Australian agricultural aviation industry,  Ingo Renner OAM, greatest exponent of gliding and Senja Raymond Robey BEM a professional pilot and extraordinary instructor.



Thank you  
Legends of the Skies Series 2

(LOTS)  Theatre Inc. presented a series of plays between October 8 – 18  2014 at The Australian National Aviation Museum, Moorabbin.  The plays which had a World War 1 Focus, also paid tribute to aviation legends such as John and Reginald Duigan, ace fighter pilot Captain Robert Little, aviatrix Freda Thompson, Frenchman Maurice Guillaux, Charles Kingsford Smith and co-pilot ‘Tommy’, Bluey Truscott as well as Harry Hawker.  Thank you Cheryl Threadgold, and the (LOTS) Theatre Inc. cast and crew.


Media Release
2 October 2014

LEGENDS OF THE SKIES

Legends Of The Skies (LOTS)  Theatre Inc. is presenting a series of plays Legends of the Skies Series 2,
from October 8 – 18 at the Australian National Aviation Museum, Moorabbin Airport.
 
The plays have a World War 1 Focus, and also pays tribute to aviation legends such as John and Reginald Duigan, ace fighter pilot Captain Robert Little, aviatrix Freda Thompson, Frenchman Maurice Guillaux, Charles Kingsford Smith and co-pilot ‘Tommy’, Bluey Truscott as well as Harry Hawker.

The performances take place in the aviation museum hangar, with the audience moving between segments, and features a cast of 19 actors

Australian National Aviation Museum website: http://www.aarg.com.au/events.html

For further information please contact:
Chris Hawker on 0409 325 496
Web:    harryhawker.com.au 


Media Release
2 October 2014

HARRY HAWKER INDUCTED INTO THE AUSTRALIAN AVIATION HALL OF FAME

The Australian Aviation Hall Of Fame has announced that Harry Hawker MBE AFC is one of this year's six inductees.   AAHOF Chairman, Steve Padgett, on behalf of the Board said “the awards represent those who have not only achieved incredible feats personally but have also made outstanding contributions to the development of aviation and the fabric of Australian life."

Harry will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame during a Gala diner and ceremony at Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga on Saturday 8 November. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Australian Aviation Hall of Fame website:

For further information please contact:
Chris Hawker on 0409 325 496
Web:    harryhawker.com.au 



Media Release
7 February 2014

HARRY HAWKER AT CAULFIELD

It was the age of "those magnificent men in flying machines" ... and local boy Harry Hawker was the best of them!

Born in Moorabbin in 1889, Harry Hawker was one of the world's greatest pioneer aviator.  With a driving ambition to fly, Harry left Melbourne for England in 1911 where in a short time he not only got his "wings" but was appointed Chief test Pilot for Sopwith.  Harry helped design Sopwith aircraft which became famous during WW1 such as the Camel and Put.  Some of the most famous aircraft of the twentieth century bore his name, the Hawker Hurricane Hunter and the Harrier to name but a few. 

namely the Australian Government.  The Tabloid was the highest performing airplane in the world at that time and had not even been publicly demonstrated in England.

Harry arrived back in Australia in January of 1914.  It had been three years since he left for England where he had since become one of the world's most renowned  pilots, holding every British aviation record and many world records.

Harry Hawker initially used New Street in Brighton as his runway before moving to the adjacent Elsternwick golf links.  His major Melbourne demonstration however occurred 100 years ago today on 7 February 1914 at Caulfield Racecourse where he thrilled near on 40,000 people - most of whom had never seen an airplane.

Every one of the eighteen special trains which the Railway Department dispatched from  Flinders Street was filled to capacity, and before the end of the afternoon 8,500 people had been carried to Caulfield by train. Thousands of people travelled to the course by trams, buses and other means.  All roads leading to the course were filled with traffic.  And although there were many thousand who paid to enter the Course,  there were many more occupying many of the surrounding vantage  points that gave a clear view of the sky.

Other events to commemorate 100 years of aviation in Australia will include the 100 year commemoration at Lilydale of Sir Hamilton's official visit to Australia to inspect the Australian Militia.

For further information please contact:
Chris Hawker on 0409 325 496
Web:    harryhawker.com.au   




Media Release
01 February 2014

HARRY HAWKER VISITS GOVERNMENT HOUSE


It was the age of magnificent men in flying machines ... and local boy Harry Hawker was the best of them!

Born in Moorabbin in 1889, Harry Hawker was one of the world's greatest pioneer aviators.  With a driving ambition to fly, Harry left Melbourne for England in 1911 where in a short time he not only go his "wings" but was appoint Chief test Pilot for Sopwith.  Harry helped design Sopwith aircraft which became famous during WW1 such Camel and Pup.  Some of the most famous aircraft of the twentieth century bore his name, the Hawker Mustang, Hunter and the Harrier to name but a few.

In 1914 Harry arranged to ship the newest Sopwith Bi Plane - "Tabloid", to Australia to demonstrate to potential buyers - namely the Australian Government.  The Tabloid at this time had not been publicly demonstrated in England.

Harry arrived back in Australia in January of 1914.  It had been near on three years since he left for England where he had since become one of the world's most renowned pilots, holding every British aviation record and many world records that came from the Company formed by Harry Hawker.

Harry Hawker initially used New Street in Brighton as his runway before moving to the adjacent Elsternwick gold links.  During his visit to Australia he made many flights, but his flight on 2nd February 1914 would have to one of the most fascinating, as he took off from Elsternwick and then landed on the lawns of Government House where he met the Governor General, Lord Denman and is wife, Lady Denman.

To commemorate this event, members of the Hawker family, Chris and Dale Hawker and David Inglis, along with the president of the Moorabbin Historical Society - Jim Dale, will meet with His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria, on Monday 3 February.

Other events to commemorate 100 years of aviation in Australia will include the Air Force Air show at Point Cook on 1st and 2nd March.  And the 100 year commemoration at Lilydale of Sir Ian Hamilton's official visit to Australia to inspect the Australian Militia. 

For further information please contact
Chris Hawker on 0409 325 496
Web:    harryhawker.com.au


Media Release
6 September 2013

LOUGHSHINNY TRIBUTE TO HARRY HAWKER
 
It was the age of magnificent men in flying machines ... and local boy Harry Hawker was the best of them!

Born in Moorabbin in 1889, Harry Hawker was on of the world's greatest pioneer aviators.  With a driving ambition to fly, Harry left Melbourne for England in 1911 where in a short time he not only got his "wings" but was appointed Chief test Pilot of Sopwith.  Harry helped design Sopwith aircraft which became famous during WW1 such as the Camel and Pup. Some of the most famous aircraft of the twentieth century bore his name, the Hawker Hurricane, Hunter and the Harrier to name but a few that came from the Company formed by Harry Hawker.

In 1913 Harry attempted to be the first person to fly around Britain, falling short after a record breaking 1043 miles,  he crashed at Loughshinny in Ireland.  The sponsor of the attempt, the Daily Mail, awarded Harry a consolation prize of one thousand pounds.  To commemorate Harry Hawker's achievement, Australian Pilot Jeff Boyling retraced Harry's flight last week in a 70 year old Catalina.

Loughshinny Harbour, Ireland
During the unveiling of a plaque in honour of Harry Hawker, Mr Paul McEachern, the First Secretary/Deputy Head of Mission from the Australian Embassy in Ireland was entrusted with only piece of Hawker's aircraft still in existence.  The First Secretary has now transferred the care of the spark plug to the Moorabbin Historical Society to be placed in a Harry Hawker exhibition.

The President of the Moorabbin Historical Society, Jim Dale, and the Grand Nephew of Harry Hawker, (Chris Hawker), briefly took possession of the spark plug today before making a loan of the spark plug to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook.  The Spark plug will be on loan to the RAAF Museum until a dedicated Harry Hawker exhibition of Museum is available.


For further information please contact
Chris Hawker on 0409 325 496
Web:   harryhawker.com.au



Media Release
19 August 2013
 
2014 MARKS THE 100 YEAR COMMEMORATION OF HARRY HAWKER
 
It was the age of magnificent men in flying machines... and local boy Harry Hawker was the best of them!
 
Born in Moorabbin in 1899, Harry Hawker was one of the world's greatest pioneer aviators.  With a driving ambition to fly, Harry left Melbourne for England in 1911 where in a short time he not only got his "wings" but was appointed Chief test Pilot for Sopwith.  Harry helped design Sopwith aircraft whch became famous during WW1 such as the Camel and Pup.  Some of the most famous  aircraft of the twentieth century bore his name from the Company formed by Harry Hawker.
 
As an Australian pioneer aviator, aircraft designer, engineer and test pilot, Harry was known for his fealess nature and fierce intellect.  He held numerous British and world aviation records, received an MBE for his contrubution to British  aviation during WW1 and was the first civilian recipient of the Air Force Cross.
 
As happened with many of his contemporaries in the golden age of pioneer flight, Harry was tragically killed in 1921 in an aircraft accident in England.  At the time, his innovation and achievements in aviaton were world renowned, with poet Banjo Paterson, eulogising him in a piece called "The Standard Bearer"  and King George V releasing the following statement:
 
"The Nation has lost one of its most distinguished airmen, who by his skills and
daring has contributed so much to the success of British aviation"
 
Febuary 2014 marks one hundred years since Harry's triumphant return to Australia to demonstrate one of the world's highest performing aircraft, the Sopwith Tabloid.  Thousands of spectators flocked to Caulfield Racecourse to enjoy the spectacle of this machine of the modern age brought to Melbourne and flown by a local aviation hero!
 
To Commemorate this important piece of Australian aviation history, Harry Hawker's family and friends are planning a series of events, starting with a fascinationg display of posters, photos, and newspaper extracts about Harry's exploits.  The display can be viewed at the Box Cottage Museum, Joyce Park, Jasper Road, Ormond.  from 2.30 on 25 August.
 
Future events wll be announced in coming weeks.
For further information please contact:Me
Chris Hawker on 0409 325 496
Web:  harryhawker.com.au








 
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