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The plaque commemorates the first seaplane flight over Sydney in 1914.

Sydney’s seaplane history began on 8 May 1914 with the test flight of a privately owned Farman hydro-aeroplane, the property of Lebbeus Hordern of Darling Point. The seaplane took off from the waters of Double Bay, with French pilot Maurice Guillaux at the controls, and flew firstly towards Manly, then westwards to the city and back to its starting point, in the first of several flights made that afternoon.

The Woollahra Council Plaque Scheme honours exceptional people or events associated with our local government area, that have made a significant impact on life in the area or Australia as a nation.


Address:Bay Street, Walkway between Bay & Beach Streets, Double Bay, 2028
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.873731
Long: 151.242611
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:08-May-1914
Actual Event End Date:08-May-1914


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2017
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Woollhara Municipal Council

Sydney`s first seaplane flight launched from here 

8 May 1914
Celebrating Our History

Source: Woollhara Council
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