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A monument with relics commemorates pioneer aviator Harry Hawker who was born at Moorabbin.

Hawker went to England to perfect his flying skills. After two years in England, Harry felt the need to return to his native Australia and the Parish of Moorabbin where he had planned to make his first flight in his own country and set himself up in business in Victoria.

After a civic reception came the long awaited flight over Melbourne’s suburbs, the first of which began from a paddock in New Street, Brighton, as a solo test flight, but eventually took in an aerial display over the whole of the Parish of Moorabbin, which included the City of Brighton and the Shire of Moorabbin.

On July 12, 1921, the tragedy that shocked an empire came suddenly when a Nieuport ‘Goshawk’ in which Hawker was flying caught fire in the air. Although badly burnt he managed to extinguish the fire and was attempting a forced landing when the plane hit the ground and threw him clear of the machine; but with the burns and possibly because of the added injuries he received in impact. Hawker lived for only a few minutes.


Address:Second Avenue, Moorabbin Airport, 3104
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.976609
Long: 145.091856
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1889
Approx. Event End Date:1921


Front Inscription

City of Moorabbin.

This monument was erected in memory of Harry George Hawker

Pioneer of high and long distance flying.

Born Moorabbin, Australia  22nd January 1889
Died Hendon, England 12th July 1921

Back Inscription

This plaque was unveiled on 22 January 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth, in Moorabbin, of the H. G. Hawker Engineering Co. founder 

Harry George Hawker

Presented jointly by Hawker De Havilland (Vic) Ltd.
Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd. and the City of Moorabbin

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