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The Captain Harry Butler Memorial houses in a glass hangar a static display of the Captain`s famous monoplane "Red Devil" and celebrates his life and achievements.
Captain Harry Butler flew his plane, "The Red Devil" from Adelaide to Minlaton carrying airmail on 6 August 1919, and the "Red Devil" is preserved in the memorial. Harry Butler who was born in Minlaton, and as a twenty six-year-old paid his own way to England in 1916 to join the Royal Flying Corps and within months was flying over France. He was awarded the Air Force Cross but returned to Australia after receiving a head wound in active service. He made his way back to the Yorke Peninsula with an AVRO Bi-plane and his beloved plane, the "Red Devil".
Soon he was drawing crowds at his barnstorming displays at fairs around the State and dropping into places like Unley Oval. On August 6th, 1919 he brought the Yorke Peninsula closer to the outside world when he flew the first airmail over water in the Southern Hemisphere.
On January the 11th, 1922 Butler took his Avro Bi-plane for a flight over the wheat fields near Minlaton. While flying at about 1000 metres the engine seized and the plane crashed. He suffered extensive facial injuries and had numerous operations, but never recovered fully and died eighteen months later. He was buried with full military honours on July 31st, 1924.
|Address:||Main Street & North Terrace, Minlaton , 5575|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.767755|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||06-August-1919|
|Actual Event End Date:||06-August-1919|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 11th October, 1958|
This memorial has been erected by Minlaton & District in honour of Capt. Harry Butler A.F.C. and the pioneers of aviation and as a war memorial to those who served in defence of Australia