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Lot #712


1937 First Solo flight from Brisbane to Capetown by Mrs. H.B. Bonney, cover franked with Australian and Queensland adhesives, Thailand leg, where four adhesives were added in Bangkok, also with additional cachet ("Solo First Flight Brisbane-Cape town by Mrs. H.B. (M.R.) Bonney in her Monoplane 'My Little Ship II' - Australia-Asia-Africa") on back, also signed by Mrs. Bonney, fine and scarce (in the 1930s Lores Bonney created aviation history by being the first woman to fly around Australia, the first to fly from Australia to England and the first to fly from Australia to South Africa. Until recently her accomplishments have never received the recognition they deserve. In 1932 she set an Australian distance record for a woman by flying from Brisbane to her family's home in Wangaratta, Victoria. Later that year, she gained her "A" class commercial pilot's license and became the first airwoman to circumnavigate Australia. In 1933 Bonney flew her De Havilland DH 60 Moth, affectionately named "My Little Ship"', fr

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