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Geoffrey Neville Wikner photograph albums
Bib ID 7091616
Format PicturePicture [still image, volume]
Description 1904-1959 
5 albums (1276 photographs) : black and white, and colour ; 25.6 x 30.5 cm or smaller 
65 picture cards : colour ; 6.1 x 7.6 cm or smaller 
2 postcards : albumen silver, black and white ; 9 x 14.1 cm or smaller 
Summary

Album 1. 1920's. Early childhood; family snapshots; motor vehicles; Canberra and surrounding regions; Parliament House, Canberra, ACT; biplanes; family trips. Album 2. 1920-1930. Trips with family and friends; motor vechicles; aeroplanes; gliders; aerial photographs of Sydney, NSW; Avro Ten Southern Cloud; camping. Album 3. 1931-1938. Aeroplanes; motor vehicles; Brisbane flyover, Queensland; glides; Wicko aeroplanes; family and friends; Wicko aeroplanes in production; 65 colour cigarette cards depicting historical aircrafts and aviators. Album 4. 1934-1945. England and Australia; aeroplanes; airfields; family and friends; motor vehicles; picnics; Vickers Supermarine Walrus amphibious biplane, Type L36; Stonehenge; Sydney; his home at Romsley, England; aircraft manufacturing; Royal Parade; a drawn caricature of him in uniform; his time at the Air Transport Auxiliary; the first Battle of Britain Parade. Album 5. 1946. His flight between England and Australia on a modified Halifax bomber, 'Waltzing Matilda', with his wife, son and daughter, and 20 passengers; 1950's. Family and friends; establishing and running the caravan park, Halifax Park, at Port Stephens, New South Wales, between 1946 and 1959.

Biography/History

Aviator and aircraft engineer. Born Grafton, NSW. Designer of the Wicko monoplane and the first British aircraft to be powered by a car engine. During World War II he joined the Air Transport Auxiliary. Captain Wikner bought a Halifax bomber, 'Waltzing Matilda', to fly him, his wife and two children to Australia in June, 1946. He took 20 passengers with him to share the costs. It was the first flight of a private aircraft between England and Australia after World War II and the first to carry flying migrants to Australia.

Notes

Title from acquisition documentation.

Condition: Varies.

Related Material Papers of Geoffrey Wikner, 1931-1984; Located at; National Library of Australia Manuscript Section at MS 8670.  Album 1946; Located at; National Library of Australia Manuscript Section at MS 4787. 
Source of Acquisition Donated by Isabel Christina Webb, 2015. 
Has Sub-series

Has subcollection: Canberra region, Australian Capital Territory, 1910-1930

Has subcollection: Racing cars, gliding and early aviation, Queensland, 1922-1934

Has subcollection: Aeroplanes, motor vehicles and cigarette cards, 1931-1938

Has subcollection: Aviation, aeroplanes and family life, England, 1934-1945

Has subcollection: Flight of the Halifax, Waltzing Matilda, between England and Australia, and family photographs, 1946-1959

Subjects Wikner, G. N. (Geoffrey Neville), 1904-1990 -- Photographs.  |  Wikner, Trudy -- Photographs.  |  Halifax Holiday Park -- Photographs.  |  Air pilots -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Aeronautical engineers -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Airplanes -- Design and construction -- Photographs.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Photographs.  |  Halifax (Bomber) -- Photographs.  |  Aeronautics -- Australia -- Flights -- Photographs.  |  Tourist camps, hostels, etc. -- New South Wales -- Port Stephens -- Photographs.  |  England -- Photographs.  |  Australia -- Photographs.  |  Port Stephens (N.S.W.) -- Photographs.
Occupation Aircraft pilots.  |  Aviators.  |  Engineers.
Also Titled

Flight of the Halifax: the biography of Captain G.N. Wikner, Australian pioneer aviator.

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