Life Timeline

1892

On 8 December, Herbert John Louis (Bert) Hinkler was born in Bundaberg, Queensland.

 

1910

Aero Club was formed in Brisbane by Lindsay Campbell and Bert Hinkler becomes a proud member.

1911

Bert attends a meeting of the Aerial League in Brisbane, the Aero Club is discontinued, and Bert builds glider number one. At Christmas, Bert begins construction of glider number two.

1912

In April Bert flew his glider on Mon Repos beach, with the glider later displayed at the Bundaberg and Brisbane Shows. Bert hooked up with American pilot AB Stone on a projected tour of southern states and New Zealand.

1913

In August Bert returns to Bundaberg, and later goes to Sydney, the point from which he "worked his passage" to England.

1914

At Easter Bert arrives in England and obtains work on the bench with the Sopwith Company. In September Bert enlists in the Royal Naval Air Service.

1917

In December Bert is in England after active service as an Observer/Air Gunner in France and Belgium, and is awarded a Distinguished Service Medal (DSM).

1918

Bert trains as a pilot and is posted to Number 28 Squadron in Italy, and then becomes involved in the war against Austria.

1919

Bert undertakes a post-war rehabilitation course at AV Roe & Co, working "on the bench" but with the right to fly the company’s own aircraft.

1920

On 31 May, Bert makes his meritorious flight - London to Turin, non-stop in his 35hp Avro Baby. He then returns to London and is awarded his first Britannia Trophy, later resolving to ship his Avro Baby to Australia.

1921

On 11 April, Bert makes a record-breaking long distance flight from Sydney to Bundaberg. On 27 April, the Avro Baby is damaged on its return flight by strong winds after a beach landing north of Newcastle, in New South Wales. In May, Bert departs Australia, while his beloved Avro Baby remains.

 

1921- 1926

Bert becomes a test pilot for AV Roe & Co.

 

1925

Bert becomes a reserve pilot for the British Schneider Cup team in the United States of America.

 

1927

Bert tests autogyros for Don Juan la Cierva, and makes a significant long-distance flight in his Avro Avian G-EBOV to Latvia. Bert later makes an aborted attempt on the England-to-India flight record with RH McIntosh in a single-engined Fokker.

 

1928

Bert makes his most-renowned achievement, pioneering a solo flight in his Avro Avian (G-EBOV) from England to Australia. He would later return to England, leaving his Avro Avian in Australia.

 

1929

In May, Bert began construction of his dream machine, the Ibis amphibian aircraft, and offers his Avro Avian to the Queensland Government as a gift.

 

1930

In May, the Ibis takes to the air at Hamble, and Bert visits the United States of America.

 

1931

In Canada, Bert acquires a Puss Moth aircraft, originally built in England, and from October to December undertakes a flight from Canada to England via the South Atlantic.

 

1932

Bert leaves his Puss Moth in Southampton and returns by sea to North America. He later returns to England to prepare his Puss Moth (CF-APK) for flight to Australia.

 

1933

On 7 January, Bert departs London at 0310 hours for his ill-fated journey to Australia. On 27 April, his body and aircraft wreckage would be discovered in the Apennines, followed by a state funeral in Italy, where his mortal body remains in the Florence cemetery.