Inside the Collection

Lebbeus Hordern (1891-1928)

The Story of Australia’s First Airmail-part 3

May 8, 2014

Kerrie Dougherty
Not content with dazzling crowds in Sydney and Newcastle with his aerial acrobatics, on May 8, 1914, French stunt pilot Maurice Guillaux also made the first seaplane flight in Australia, test flying a Farman “hydro-aeroplane” imported into the country by Lebbeus Hordern (1891-1928), a member of the wealthy and influential Sydney merchant family.