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The monument, featuring a bas relief sculpture, commemorates the first flight in Australia by George Augustine Taylor in a heavier-than-air flying machine at Narrabeen Heads.

George Augustine Taylor (1872 – 1928) was an Australian artist, journalist, and inventor. In December 1909 at Narrabeen Beach, he made the first heavier-than-air free flight in Australia. Taylor`s aeroplane was unpowered relying on the wind for its lift. Three men and two women, including Taylor`s wife Florence, made a total of 29 flights, travelling perhaps 100 to 250 metres along the foreshore.


Address:Pittwater Road, Near Post Office, Narrabeen, 2101
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.712316
Long: 151.297328
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:05-December-1909
Actual Event End Date:05-December-1909


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th September, 1965
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This memorial commemorates the first flight in Australia in a heavier-than-air flying machine by George Augustine Taylor 
at Narrabeen Heads on 5th December 1909

Unveiled by the Honourable R. W. Askin M.L.A. Premier of N.S.W. on 25th September 1965

Erected by the Warringah Shire Council in association with the Royal Australian Historical Society

Source: MA,H, ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au