Also known as: Lores

Born: 20 November 1897

Died: 24 February 1994

Special 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.

Additional Information:

" I would like to think those flights of mine have a small corner in the history of achievement"

For her Australia–England flight, Bonney was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire by King George V.

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 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.


  • Image - Maude (Lores) Bonney

    Lores at Charleville, Qld on her solo Australia – England Flight in 1933

    By Unknown - [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4415339

  • Image - Lores Bonney

    NPWHF Aviatrix Tapestry

    WMA collection

  • Image - Maude (Lores) Bonney - solo flight around Australia, 1932

  • Image - Maude (Lores) Bonney - entering her plane for her solo flight around Australia, 1932

  • References
    1.  The life and times of aviatrix Lores Bonney. Saturday Extra. ABC radio national. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
    2.  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.
    3. Who's Who in Australia, 1988, p 128
    4. The Australian Encyclopedia, 1988, p 473
    5. Australian Geographic No 6, April - June 1987
    6. The Forgotten Aviatrix, Australian Geographic, Jan - Feb 2017 pp 55 - 61
    7. Kristen Alexander, 2009, Taking Flight: Lores Bonney's Extraordinary Flying Career, National Library of Australia Publishing