Australia's First Airmail

The story of Maurice Guillaux and related Australian aviation history

Celebrating 101 years...

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..

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 are here

This year 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.

Please help......

We are selling the remaining postcards, commemorative stamps and historical booklets. For each $80 we receive we will be able to put a small commemorative plaque inside the buildings near the places at which Guillaux made aviation history, and also places significant in the 2014 re-enactment.

Details of plaques and a draft list of possible sites is seen here; if you would like to sponsor a plaque in a particular site this would be very welcome!