Balancing act

A forgotten pioneer of aviation
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May 2021, no. 431
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Beyond the Sky: The passions of Millicent Bryant, aviator by James Vicars

Melbourne Books, $34.95 pb, 360 pp

Balancing act

A forgotten pioneer of aviation
by
May 2021, no. 431

Members of the general public are likely to recognise the names of some of the pioneering female aviators. There is of course Amelia Earhart, the American who became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Here in Australia, many would recognise the name Nancy Bird Walton, who is known for gaining her pilot’s licence at the age of nineteen, as well as for helping to establish a flying medical service in regional New South Wales. But what of the Australian female aviator who is the subject of James Vicars’s début, Beyond the Sky: The passions of Millicent Bryant, aviator? Millicent Bryant (1878–1927) has largely passed into obscurity, but in her day she was a sensation. Vicars would like his great-grandmother to become once again a household name, celebrated for her achievement as the first woman in Australia – indeed, the first in the Commonwealth outside Britain – to gain a pilot’s licence.

Per Henningsgaard reviews 'Beyond the Sky: The passions of Millicent Bryant, aviator' by James Vicars

Beyond the Sky: The passions of Millicent Bryant, aviator

by James Vicars

Melbourne Books, $34.95 pb, 360 pp

Buy this book

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