Residents and visitors celebrated the life and achievements of Bundaberg’s famous solo pioneer aviator, Bert Hinkler, by taking part in the ‘Gatsby Picnic’ style celebrations at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation on Sunday, December 7.
People attending the event were entertained by jazz music from Bert’s era while enjoying the fantastic display of veteran cars, including the second car ever to be registered in Bundaberg, a 1904 De Dion. Party goers also enjoyed a visual demonstration by a very special Veteran Car, a 1903 Grout Steamer.
Adults and children alike took pleasure in the birthday celebrations, with face painting and kite making for the kids which they flew in honour of Bundaberg’s favourite son.
Prizes were awarded to the best dressed in 1920’s clothing, which was an extremely hard decision with the tremendous effort shown by all who came along to the event dressed up.
And of course it’s not a birthday party without cake! The special Hinkler Cake recipe was served out to guests on the morning of the birthday celebrations with many recipe requests for the delicious cake received from the crowd.
Some images taken during the event can be seen at www.facebook.com/hinkleraviation.