About Maude ‘Lores’ Bonney
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Maude Rose “Lores” Bonney, AM, MBE was an Australian aviator and the first woman to fly solo from Australia to England.
A pioneer for women in aviation, she completed the 1933 journey in 157 hours of flight time. Surviving a groundbreaking voyage fraught with peril as she flew through heavy storms, survived two crashes. And had an encounter with a herd of water buffalo.
In 1928 her husband’s cousin’s flight caused her desire to become a pilot. By 1931, Loreth was dedicated to flying and embarked on the first solo flight on a gypsy mos biplane named My Little Ship. Flying south from Brisbane, Queensland and meeting her father for dinner at Wangaratta, Victoria. It took a record-breaking first flight, Lores about 15 hours.
Lores pushed the limits of the aviator with each successive flight, and in 1937. Lores first flew solo to South Africa born in Australia.
Born in Moderia Rose Rubens in Pretoria, South Africa, she adopted the name “Lores” in preference to the name given later. The family first moved to England and then to Australia. After first educating in Melbourne. She met leather manufacturer Harry Barrington Bonney in 1917 at a German finish school, then moved to Brisbane, Queensland.
In 1928 he met Bert Hinkler, Harry Bonney’s first cousin and a Queensland aviator who had set a solo record between England. And Australia in his Avro Avian biplane (now at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane). His exploits triggered his imagination and his first flight in his Avian confirmed his determination to learn to fly. And She took her first lessons in secret. But when she told her husband, he bought her the De Havilland DH.60 Gypsy Moth with which she began her record flights:
A record-breaking first flight, it took Lores nearly 15 hours to fly south from Brisbane, Queensland, to meet her father for dinner in Wangaratta, Victoria.
Lores Bonney died at her home at Miami on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1994, aged 97. Read more on: Wikipedia