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Papers of Nancy Bird Walton, [1933?]-2005 [manuscript]
Bib ID 253956
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Walton, Nancy Bird, 1915-2009
 
Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. 
Description 1933?-2005 
46 cm. (1 folder) + 1 folio box. 
Summary

Chiefly comprises photographs and memorabilia relating to Walton's aviation career. The collection includes a photograph and ticket of the First ladies flying tour in Australia (1934?). A manuscript of an unpublished book (1958) on the World Tour and Air Race, a photocopy of a detailed letter about Richard Allen and 4 aviation photos. Also included are reprints of portrait photographs of Nancy Bird Walton (originals taken 1935-1990), two commemorative stamp sets entitled 'Centenary of Wright Brothers...1903-2003', letter from Australian-born astronaut Andrew Thomas, portrait photograph of NBW specially printed for her 90th birthday, together with short typed speech by NBW (December 2005). Also includes an autographed copy (by NBW and Andy Thomas) of Bird's autobiography My God! It's a woman (Sydney, NSW : HarperCollins, 2002), together with a framed NASA certificate authenticating its spaceflight aboard the shuttle Discovery (26 July - 8 August 2005).

Biography/History

Interested in flying from her childhood she took her first lesson from Charles Kingsford Smith in 1933. After taking a commercial pilot's licence she flew an air ambulance for the Far West Children's Health Scheme. When she married she ceased flying for many years but returned to participate in the All Women's Transcontinental Air Race. She published two autobiographies, Born to fly (1961) and My God! It's a woman (2002).

Notes

Manuscript reference no. : NLA MS 3862.

Subjects Walton, Nancy Bird, 1915-2009 -- Archives.  |  Thomas, Andrew (Andrew S. W.), 1951-  |  Women air pilots -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Air pilots -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women in aeronautics.
Time Coverage 1933-2005 
Occupation Aircraft pilots

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