I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Alphabet Club - Detention for Letter "N"

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"
It's time for "The Alphabet Club" (TAC)

Sorry another late post......
Aussie "N" words - well there's not a lot that I could find but here's a couple for you.

Never, never: the Outback of Australia
Nipper: young life saver
Noggin: head
No drama: no worries

When it comes to Aussie Icon foods that begin with "N" I must admit that I hit a rather large stumbling block there!  So then I thought about other icons and I remembered a most wonderful lady - Nancy-Bird Walton.

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Nancy-Bird Walton in a Gipsy Moth at Kingsford-Smith Flying School (1933)

Nancy-Bird Walton, AO, OBE, DStJ (16 October 1915 – 13 January 2009) was a pioneering Australian aviator, and was the founder and patron of the Australian Women Pilots' Association. In the 1930s, defying the traditional role of females of her time, she became a fully qualified pilot at the age of 19, and became the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot's licence.

Born in Kew, New South Wales, Australia on 16 October 1915 as Nancy Bird, she wanted to fly almost as soon as she could walk. As a teenager during the Depression in Australia, Nancy Bird found herself in the same position as many other children of the time, leaving school at 13 to assist her family. In 1933, at the age of 18, her passion drove her to take flying lessons. Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, who was the first man to fly across the mid-Pacific, had just opened a pilots' school near Sydney, and she was among his first pupils. Most women learned to fly for recreation, but Nancy planned to fly for a living.

When she was awarded a commercial pilot's license at the age of 19, through a legacy of 200 pounds from a Great Aunt plus money loaned from her father, Nancy bought her first aircraft, a de Havilland Gipsy Moth. Soon after Nancy Bird and her friend Peggy McKillop took off on a barnstorming tour, dropping in on country fairs and giving joyrides to people who had never seen an aircraft before, let alone a female pilot. Whilst touring, Bird met Reverend Stanley Drummond. He wanted her to help set up a flying medical service in outback New South Wales. In 1935, she was hired to operate the service, named the Royal Far West Children's Health Scheme. Bird's own Gipsy Moth was used as an air ambulance. She bought a better-equipped aircraft, and began covering territory not yet reached by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

In 1936, Nancy Bird entered an air race from Adelaide to Brisbane, and won the Ladies' Trophy. After World War II broke out she began training women in skills needed to back up the men flying in the Royal Australian Air Force. She was 24 when she married an Englishman, Charles Walton, and had two children. He preferred to call her "Nancy-Bird" rather than "Nancy", and she became generally known as "Nancy-Bird Walton". In 1950, she founded the Australian Women Pilots' Association (AWPA), where she remained president for five years. She was the starting block for generations of female pilots.  The National Trust of Australia declared her an Australian Living Treasure in 1997.
(information obtained from Wiki and other web sources)

Hooroo for now!  Happy Stitching!
Hugs xx

If you would like to join in the fun of "The Alphabet Club", pop over to Chiara's blog (The Grey Tail) to see what all the fun is about and link up your post for the Letter "N".  Posting is generally the first Saturday of the month.


Bea said...

Thank you for the history lesson and fascinating story. She sounds like quite the woman.

Vickie said...

This was very interesting Noni!

Tiffstitch said...

Excellent story about Nancy-Bird. Her story makes me think of Phyrne Fisher too. :) And you forgot yourself for 'N'!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a great story and a wonderful example to all young Australians. Do they teach about her in schools? I hope so.

gominam said...

Very informative and also inspiring story👍

Kaisievic said...

Great post, Noni, I had forgotten all about Nancy-Bird Walton, she certainly was a living treasure.

Brigitte said...

Great to read about Nancy-Bird Walton. I had never heard about her before so it was quite interesting to read her story.
Another wonderful Alphabet Club post!

FlashinScissors said...

A very interesting and inspiring post, Noni. A great read, thank you!

Lumiruusu said...

These Alphabet Club posts have been all very interesting and educational.Thank You Noni!

Lumiruusu said...

These Alphabet Club posts have been all very interesting and educational.Thank You Noni!

Heather said...

Great post very educational!

Linda said...

Very interesting post Noni.


Katie said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing.