The article Feted flight (AG 143) had special interest for me. After her groundbreaking, solo England–Australia flight, famed aviatrix Amy Johnson arrived in Goulburn on a wintry 14 June 1930, where a crowd of up to 5000 greeted the heroic young ‘girl pilot’ at the Aero Club. But not everything went to plan. On doctor’s orders, Amy didn’t pilot her plane Jason but flew in another plane piloted by Major de Havilland that headed first for Canberra to meet the prime minister. Heavy fog prevented that, so the plane turned back, landing at Goulburn at midday. Facilities weren’t ready so Amy had to wait in a car to arrive as planned at 4pm. An enthusiastic welcome followed and Amy was made an honorary member of the Aero Club. A dinner that night was followed by a ball. George Wright of Taralga was part of the celebrations and bought a souvenir brooch for his wife, Lillian. It was special: on that day she had given birth to their first child, me. Attached is a photo of the brass brooch of Jason shown alongside a 1930 English penny.
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