100 YEARS SINCE FIRST SIGNIFICANT FLIGHT IN AUSTRALIA – BELMONT RACECOURSE, BELMONT, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 1911

ABOVE & BELOW: Joseph Hammond in Bristol Boxkite No.10 preparing for a public demonstration flight to 1,000 spectators at Belmont Racecourse on 9 January 1911.
(Photos © State Library of Western Australia – 229006PD & 229005PD)

The first significant aeroplane flight in Australia (lasting 45 minutes) was made by New Zealander Joseph J Hammond in a Bristol Boxkite 100 years ago today, on 9 January 1911.

Around 1,000 spectators came to witness this historic event.

The flight took off from the Belmont Racecourse, which is located about 5 km from the present Perth Airport.

The first four flights in Australia prior to this one had each lasted about 5 minutes or less, so this was the first flight in Australia of significant duration.

The Boxkite was one of two (numbers 10 & 11) brought to Australia by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company (which later became the Bristol Aeroplane Company).

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *