Fea­tured Let­ter

RE­CALL­ING AMY

Australian Geographic - - Your Say - WIL­LIAM WRIGHT, GUNDAGAI, NSW

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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