Airmail Centenary Commemoration Group of the Aviation Society of Australia (NSW)

The French airman Maurice Guillaux came to Australia for 197 days in 1914. He gave spectacular flying displays to hundreds of thousands of people. He also flew the first seaplane in Australia, and on 16-18 July 1914 he flew from Melbourne to Sydney carrying Australia's first air mail and air freight, one of the most significant flights of the period worldwide.

This year we conducted a spectacular re-enactment of this feat. Guillaux returned to France in October 1914 and was killed in a plane crash on 21 May 1916. We wish to record the biography of this remarkable man and are researching his wartime career.

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Guillaux's Bleriot aircraft, now in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Aero Illustrations (Juanita Franzi)

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