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Father Gregory Hannan : 11-August-2011
Father Gregory Hannan : 11-August-2011

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Oval and memorial commemorate local priest Father Gregory Hannan who was killed in 1975 while trying to set a world endurance record for a towed glider.

Father Gregory Hannan, 37, of Temora, NSW, was killed at the weekend attempting to break the world delta-kite-flying record. His kite crashed to the ground as it was being towed by a utility truck along the Barclay Highway near Tennant Creek. He had been in the air for more than 2 ½ hours. His superior, Father Bateman, of Temora said today, "Father Hannan was out to break the world record of 390 miles (624 kilometres). He was an expert flyer and started in 1968". His family live at Breadalbane, near Goulburn.

Father Hannan was born in Breadalbane and educated at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill. He trained for the priesthood in Sydney and was ordained in 1963. He was first appointed to Dickson, ACT, where he spent six weeks, then moved to Cooma, Jindabyne, North Goulburn, Bega, Young and Temora, where he had been for about 18 months. As well as kite-flying, Father Hannan was keen on water and snow skiing and squash. He broke a kite-flying record in London three years ago while on a tour of Europe. A funeral service will be held at Sts Peter and Paul's Cathedral, Goulburn, on Friday and Father Hannan will be buried in Breadalbane Catholic Cemetery.
Canberra Times (ACT),  23 September 1975.


Address:Loftus & Aurora Streets, Father Hannan Oval, Temora, 2666
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.446137
Long: 147.536769
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:19-September-1975
Actual Event End Date:19-September-1975


Front Inscription



Dedicated To
Fr Gregory HANNAN
Priest & Friend To All
Few Achieved So Much
Spiritually & Worldly
In So Few Years
His Untimely Death
Occured On 19 Sept 1975
Whilst Attempting A 
Hang Gliding Endurance Record.


To All Swift Things
For Swiftness
Did I Sue,
Clung To The
Whistling Mane Of
Every Wind.

Source: MA
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