WYKES, Virginia

Born: 1949

Aboriginal or Torrest Stait Islander: Yes

Special Achievements:

1982 - Believed to be the first Aboriginal woman to gain her Private Pilot's Licence (Cessna 150).
2001 - Only Aboriginal entrant to compete in Centenary of Federation London to Sydney Air Race.

Additional Information:

Born in Dubbo, Virginia is a descendant of the Goonoo people of western New South Wales. She was schooled in Wambangaland and Yeoval before completing her Nurses Training at Dubbo Hospital.

Virginia learnt to fly at Parkes (New South Wales) in 1982 where she became the first Aboriginal woman to gain a private pilot's licence.

She worked as a casual Registered Nurse at the Yeoval hospital for 26 years before becoming the operator of the Angora Tourist Farm at Lyle, Yeoval in 2006.