Australia's First Airmail

The story of Maurice Guillaux and related Australian aviation history

The centenary commemorations enter their final phase...

In 2014, thanks to the wonderful co-operation of many people, his airmail flight was re-enacted - the most spectacular such event in Australia - and on a shoestring budget - details of the budget, and our total finances, are here

This year, to coincide with Bastille Day, we want to finalise the records of Maurice's time in Australia, and we hope to put permanent records of his activities in relevant places.

Thanks everyone: in less than six hours after sending out the catalogue emails we have sold enough merchandise to finance four plaques! Amazing! Tom, 11 46pm July 1

To mark Bastille Day, 2015

The remaining merchandise from the flight is on sale, and the highlight is postcards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 1785, which are part of unique packages that make them highly desirable for people interested both in philately and Australian aviation history. For each $70 we receive we will be able to put a small commemorative plaque inside a building at each the places at which Guillaux made history in 1914. See our special section for information.....

and visit our shop......

For newcomers...

French pilot Maurice Guillaux was in Australia for 203 days in 1914. He was one of Australia's great aviation pioneers:

  • He flew Australia's first air mail and air freight from Melbourne to Sydney on 16-18 July 1914
  • He gave aeronautical displays throughout south-eastern Australia, with aerobatics that had never been seen before in Australia: hundreds of thousands of people watched his displays; for many, his was the first aircraft seen
  • He was the first person to fly a seaplane in Australia
  • His aircraft has been preserved at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, and is one of the world's aviation treasures..

For more information: email me at

Tom Lockley, secretary, Airmail Centenary Commemoration Group, AHSA (NSW) inc