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Freda Mary THOMPSON

Born: 05/04/1906

Died: 11/12/1980

Special Achievements:

In 1934 she became the first Australian woman (and third woman in the world) to fly solo from England to Australia. She was also the first femaly flying instructor in Australia and the British Empire, gaining her Instructor's Rating in 1933.

1933 - First female flying instructor in Australia and British Empire.
1948 - First woman President of Victorian Aero Club.
1972 - Awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire.


Resources

  • Image - Freda Thompson sitting in the cockpit of a de Havilland DH.60G-III Moth Major, ca 1935

    Description: Sydney Morning Herald Persistent URL: nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn4917365 Date: Source: Freda Thompson sitting in the cockpit of a de Havilland DH.60G-III Moth Major, ca 1935 Author: National Library of Australia from Canberra, Australia

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Freda Thompson sitting in the cockpit of a de Havilland DH.60G-III Moth Major, ca 1935 (15667323864).jpg


  • Image - Freda Thompson's de Havilland DH.60G-III Moth Major

    Description: Title devised by cataloguer from caption list.; Part of collection: E.A. Crome collection of photographs on aviation.; Also available online : u nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn4917505; E.A. Crome collection relating to aviation in Australia, 1914-2005; located at; National Library of Australia Manuscript collection MS 1925. Persistent URL: nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn4917505 Date: Source: Freda Thompson's de Havilland DH.60G-III Moth Major, VH-UUC, taxiing on an airfield during the South Australian Centenary Air Race, 1936 Author: National Library of Australia from Canberra, Australia

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Freda Thompson's de Havilland DH.60G-III Moth Major, VH-UUC, taxiing on an airfield during the South Australian Centenary Air Race, 1936 (16102203168).jpg


  • References

    Some "Firsts" for Australian Women in Aviation. (NPWHF Freda THOMPSON file)

    Women Pilots. page 20.

    Cannon, Judy. (2001, September). Freda Thompson: Gypsy in a Major Moth. National Library of Australia News, 3-6.

    The Australian Women's Register. "Thompson, Freda (1906 - 1980)".

    Australian Dictionary of Biography. "Thompson, Freda Mary (1906–1980)".

    Wikipedia. "Freda Thompson".

    Wikipedia. “Early Australian female aviators”. accessed 1 May 2020.