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A plaque commemorates Captain Hammond who in 1911 flew a powered aircraft near the site of the future Sydney Airport.

On the 18th April 1911 , Captain Joseph Joel Hammond, a New Zealander, flew a Bristol box-kite biplane on a flight that lasted less than 10 minutes. Thousands of paying spectators crowded what was then the Ascot Racecourse to see one man in a flying contraption fly a course of about 10 kilometres.

The flight was the opening Sydney event on a national tour by Hammond, during which his wife, Ethelwyn, had already become the first female passenger on an aircraft in Australia.

Captain Hammond flew in the Great War, became a test pilot and died on active duty in the United States when an aircraft he was flying on a war bonds promotional tour in 1918 crashed into a tree. He was buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis

The Hammond tour of 1911 was even more remarkable for the capabilities of the flying machine, which demonstrated that aviation was undergoing rapid advancement, including carrying up to two passengers as well as the pilot. Today the Ascot Racecourse has vanished without trace, its site forming part of the eastern end of Sydney Airport’s east-west runway and the current long term car park.



Address:Hammond Place, Mascot, 2020
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.940786
Long: 151.189712
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:18-April-1911
Actual Event End Date:18-April-1911


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 15th April, 2011
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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