Maude BONNEY AM, MBE
Also known as: Lores
Died: 24/21994Special Achievements:
1931 Longest one day flight by an airwoman (Brisbane - Wangaratta) - 1600 km
1932 First woman to circumnavigate Australia by air - 12 800 km
1933 First woman to fly from Australia to England - 20 000 km
1937 First woman to fly solo from Australia to South Africa - 16826 km
" I would like to think those flights of mine have a small corner in the history of achievement"
The Bonney Trophy which she presented in England is still awarded annually to an outstanding female British pilot.
The Australian Women Pilots Association has established a trophy in her honour.
Lores Bonney was inducted into the "Ninety-Nines", the American society of women flyers who had pioneering roles in aviation.
Her name and her wings were placed on the wall of the Flyer's Chapel at California's St. Francis Atrio Mission.
Griffith University, Queensland, awarded her an honorary doctorate for her services to aviation.
Despite other women pilots of her era receiving more promotion and publicity, Lores Bonney has been publicly recognised in a number of ways since her passing:
- The electoral district of Bonney created in the 2017 Queensland state electoral redistribution was named after her.
The Lores Bonney Riverwalk was opened in 2019 as part of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade project by Brisbane City Council, along the Brisbane River in the suburb of Hamilton
Lores appears on the Aviatrix Tapestry (2003) at the Women's Museum of Australia
- The life and times of aviatrix Lores Bonney. Saturday Extra. ABC radio national. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- A Journey to Peru, Down the Amazon. The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 8 March 1956. p. 5. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
- Who's Who in Australia, 1988, p 128
- The Australian Encyclopedia, 1988, p 473
- Australian Geographic No 6, April - June 1987
- The Forgotten Aviatrix, Australian Geographic, Jan - Feb 2017 pp 55 - 61
- Kristen Alexander, 2009, Taking Flight: Lores Bonney's Extraordinary Flying Career, National Library of Australia Publishing