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Mary WEAVING

Born: 1921

Died: 1963

Special Achievements:

1960 - First woman in Australia to obtain Silver C award in gliding, and set an Australian women's altitude record of 10,200 feet.


Resources

  • References

    Petrick, Jose.  (2010, November).  The History of Alice Springs through Landmarks & Street Names.  St Marys, South Australia:  Openbook Howden Design and Print.  p. 188.
    WEAVING COURT
    Miss Mary WeavingGlider pilot.
         Miss Mary Weaving was one of Australia’s leading women glider pilots.  In February 1963 she obtained the international gliding award, the silver C and was preparing to obtain the Gold C.
         Mary was a resident of Alice Springs for 15 years.  She was a committee member of the Alice Springs Gliding Club and one of its most active and enthusiastic members.
         In November 1963 the glider Mary was flying developed aileron flutter, a condition from which it was impossible to recover at her altitude.  Sadly, the glider crashed on a hill near the Carmichael Estate and Mary was fatally injured.
         The whole town grieved for her.


  • References

    Silver C. for woman pilot.  Centralian Advocate.  October 28, 1960:page unknown.  


  • References

    Inspecting glider wreckage.  newspaper unknown.  December 5, 1963:page unknown.