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She died seven months later in a Sydney ferry accident. Bobby Terry as she was known, the wife of John Edgar Terry, grazier of Gunnedah, New South Wales , [8] [9] was the first Australian woman to own her own airplane in She was a member of the Ninety-Nines.

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She later married Monte Fowler. Margaret Skelton , the daughter of a grazier of Inverell, New South Wales , [13] was one of the six women pilots to escort Amy Johnson as she flew into Sydney, on her history making flight in Phyllis Rogers Arnott from Sydney, Australia, a member of the Arnott's biscuit manufacturing family, was the first Australian woman to take a commercial pilot's licence 'B' in By she had moved on to studying engines [19] and she eventually moved away from flying. Freda Thompson born in Yarra, Victoria took her first flying lesson in at Essendon.

From a wealthy family, Thompson would swap music lessons for flight lessons receiving a private 'A' pilot's licence in In she gained a commercial 'B' pilot's licence and became only the fifth woman in Australia to do so.

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In Thompson was the first woman in the British Empire to obtain an Instructors Licence, although she never worked as an instructor. She planned to participate in the England to Australia Air Race but was unable to complete the necessary preparations in time. Thompson's sister, Clare Embling would also learn to fly, taking her licence in She flew extensively within Australia, and to Papua and New Guinea. She competed in air races and formation-flying events. She won forty-seven trophies.

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She was president in of the Royal Victorian Aero Club. She had earlier circumnavigated Australia in Bonney was the wife of wealthy Brisbane leather manufacturer, Harry Bonney. His cousin, Bert Hinkler had taken her for a flight in , and inspired by his flying exploits, Bonney took flying lessons in secret. Because of her husband's wealth and his ability to purchase a plane for her, the male oriented flying establishment who had had no wealthy patrons to assist them, were cynical about her achievements.

Bonney's plans for an around the world flight did not materialise due to World War II. Despite offering her services as a pilot in World War II, these were declined. Nancy Bird born in Kew, New South Wales , began taking flying lessons from the age of 18, in , financing these by working in her father's shop. She trained at the newly formed air school set up by Charles Kingsford Smith in Sydney, and took her commercial pilot's 'B' licence in , the youngest woman to do so.

Bird was determined to make flying a career. She bought her first aircraft, a de Havilland Gipsy Moth with money borrowed from her father, and a legacy from a relative. In , Bird and fellow flier Peggy McKillop embarked on their own tour — Australia's first 'Ladies Flying Tour' — offering joy-flights and dropping into local agricultural shows in an attempt to make a living from flying. She was also recruited to set up an air ambulance service in — the Royal Far West Children's Health Scheme , using her own plane, and later a much more spacious aircraft to transport patients.

In she decided to take a break from flying and worked in Europe. She married Englishman, Charles Walton, and they had two children. She returned to flying in , after a twenty-year absence. This event is more commonly referred to as the ' Powder Puff Derby '. She gained her pilot's 'A' licence in , followed by a commercial pilot licence 'B' in Her first and only paid job was flying for Nancy-Bird Walton , in His name was Colin Kelman.


Colin followed Peggy to London in and they married there. Their flight began 19 December The Kelmans would own many aircraft over the next 30 years. These were useful for travelling from their remote properties. After her husband's death in , Peggy moved to Brisbane, Queensland and became more involved in the Australian Women's Pilot Association, first as Queensland president, then federal president from — She was the Australian head of the international women pilots' association, the Ninety Nines.

She was awarded an OBE in for her services to women's aviation. After taking flying lessons at age 16 when her father gave her her first plane, a Tiger Moth, Ivy Pearce — , born in Ipswich, Queensland , took her pilot's 'A' licence in and went on to become a successful pilot. By , she was no longer flying [34] and would go on to become a successful fashion industry icon of the Gold Coast, Queensland. Gwen Stark, born in Bondi, New South Wales, gained her pilot's licence in [36] and was one of the first women appointed to a position in the Women's Australian Auxiliary Air Force.

Before the war, she was an active member of the Australian Women's Flying Club. She was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in for her services to aviation. She gained her private pilot's 'A' licence in and her commercial licence 'B' in She earned her instructor rating and worked for Kingsford Smith Aviation. In , she flew to the U. This flight earned her the distinction of becoming the first Australian woman to fly a jet aircraft. Ellis became the first Australian woman to work as a chief flying instructor at Dubbo Aero Club in She flew a single-engine Miles Messenger aeroplane back to Australia with her husband as passenger.

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