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Memorial to pilot and nurse known as "The Sugar Bird Lady"

Robin Miller (7 December 1940 – 7 December 1975), known as "The Sugarbird Lady", was an Australian aviatrix and nurse. The name "The Sugarbird Lady" was given to her by outback Aboriginal children during her work combatting polio. She died of cancer at the age of 35.

After obtaining a private pilot licence and a commercial flying licence while training as a nurse, she approached the Western Australian Department of Health to ask permission to fly to northern Western Australia in order to carry out a vaccination programme. Permission granted, she borrowed money for a Cessna 182 and set out on her first flight on 22 May 1967. After travelling to remote communities, she would treat children with the Sabin vaccine in sugar lumps. She later flew with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS), after carrying out nine aircraft delivery flights for them. in 1973 she was sponsored along with Rosemary de Pierres to compete in the 1973 All Women’s Transcontinental Air Race across the United States, a.k.a. The Powder Puff Derby, finishing sixth past the finishing post.


After her death, Dicks set up a AUD$50,000 memorial foundation to help nurses get flying licences.
 

Location

Address:Wessex Road, Jandakot Airport, Jandakot, 6164
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.095278
Long: 115.876389
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Medicine

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1978
Front Inscription

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBIN MILLER DICKS 1940 - 1975/ NURSE, AVIATRIX , R.FD.S PILOT/ Who used the Mooney Super 21 Aircraft VH-REM in her famous anti-poliomyelitis flights throughout the northern half of W.A. becoming widely known and loved as "THE SUGAR-BIRD LADY". 

 

Source: MA
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