From the Archives, 1932: Maude Bonney lands

First published in The Sydney Morning Herald on August 16, 18, 26 and 27 and September 5, 26 and 28, 1932

Sightseeing flight around Australia started.

Mrs HB Bonney, a Brisbane aviator intending to circumnavigate Australia, departed early this morning from Archerfield Airport heading north on the Gipsy Moth plane used by Flight Lieutenant Hill for his flight
from England to Australia in 1930. Mrs Bonney received her B class commercial pilot certificate 10 days ago. She reached Blackall at 5:45 p.m. and intends to leave there at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow for a non-stop flight to Winton
or clone curry.

“Ready to Fly – Mr HB Bonney (left), Mrs Bonney and Mr F Bonney (Mr H Bonney’s cousin) snapped just before Mrs Bonney left for her sightseeing flight around Australia. ”

Mrs. HB Bonney, the Brisbane flyer circumnavigating Australia, arrived in Camooweal at 3.65pm today and will leave for Darwin at dawn tomorrow.

Rough weather near Perth.
PERTH. Thursday.
Mrs HB Bonney, the Queensland pilot who flies across Australia in a Gypsy Moth, left Geraldton 260 miles north of Perth this morning and landed in a paddock about 12 miles from Moora and 90 miles from Perth. Message received this afternoon said she had resumed her flight to Perth but had returned to Moora due to inclement weather and might be taking off again in the morning.

The Western Australian section of the Aero Club arranged for an escort of female pilots to meet Mrs Bonney

Arrive in Perth.

Perth, Friday.

Mrs Bonney, the Queensland aviator who flies around Australia, arrived in Perth from Moora this morning. She was escorted to the airfield by four Western Australian pilots, including two women, and greeted by representatives of the Aero Club, Air Force officers and their relatives. The date of their departure to the East is uncertain.


“Mrs Lores Bonney overhauls her machine, a DH 60G Moth, My Little Ship, VH-UPV, in Darwin.”Recognition:About Wikipedia

5th September

It has been reported that Mrs HB Bonney, who is flying through Australia in a Moth plane, was forced into the scrub at around 6pm this evening at Loongana, 464 miles from Kalgoorlie. Mrs Bonney is said not to have been injured and the machine is undamaged. She will stay in Loongana tonight and leave for Forrest en route to Adelaide tomorrow morning. Mrs Bonney left Perth this morning. She had planned to spend the night in Forrest, which is about 64 miles from Loongana.

Delayed by bad weather.

Mrs H. Bonney, the Brisbane airwoman who flies around Australia, was prevented by bad weather today from completing her journey from Goulburn to Brisbane via Sydney. From the Archives, 1932: Maude Bonney lands

Joel McCord

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