May Bradford welding part of the all Australian monoplane for the England-Australia air race, 1934 / photographed by Sam Hood

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Format: Gelatin silver photonegative

Notes: May Bradford was the first woman pilot to hold “A” & “B” ground engineer’s licences in Australia

From the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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  1. randomonix 78 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photos from the 1930's, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. br@mbly 78 months ago | reply

    She looks great! Clever, pretty and self-assured. I'd love to have known her.

  3. captsnuf 77 months ago | reply

    my mother made aircraft parts in the 40s here in kansas for the war effort. she was high school age then...
    this lady is probably of the same very independant type that my mom was.

  4. lbows78 66 months ago | reply

    This is my great great aunt. I have heard a great deal about her, but never seen what she looks like. Thankyou

  5. RBT99 65 months ago | reply

    Hello lbows78 ... how interesting about your great aunt!

    Would your family be able to confirm that your great aunt May Bradford got her pilot's licence (private) at Royal Aero Club, Victoria on 1/8/39 No:3187 but sadly had a fatal accident while taking off with 2 female passengers?

    I am writing a book about Australian female firsts in aviation.
    Many thanks.

  6. das auge ! off [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wir haben`s schwarz auf weiss ONLY THE BEST IN B&W ART♥ ♥, and we'd love to have this added to the group!


  7. KatShep28 60 months ago | reply

    Wow May Bradford (Shepherd) is actually my great great grandmother, We actually have 2 photos of her still in our family which my uncle now has, One of a headshot of her in or flying outfit and one beside her plane (The Golden Eagle) she built. I have a lot of information on her that I have collected over the years.

  8. Ncle 60 months ago | reply

    Good to see such a lovely clear photo. My husband's great grandmother was actually killed in the plane crash along with May Bradford.

  9. JoSenior2010 60 months ago | reply

    I agree, this is a lovely photo. My great grandmother was Harriet Coley who was killed in the plane crash with May Bradford.

  10. Ncle 60 months ago | reply

    JoSenior2010 - you must be related to my husband Nigel as it was Harriet Coley I was referring to in my earlier message.

  11. jamica1 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Science, Technology, History, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) 58 months ago | reply

    I made shoes from this cool image!

  13. Gnukit [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

    Priceless time.

  14. tsienni 44 months ago | reply

    Precious document.

  15. Hiroyuki Nakada 44 months ago | reply

    This photo is a good sample in the flickr. It is awarded the flickr Award!

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  16. abclady 44 months ago | reply

    Wow, amazing how you are related!

  17. TeaButterfly 44 months ago | reply

    I love how strong and determined she looks!

  18. Tenisha12 39 months ago | reply

    May Bradford stayed with the Fawcett family at Mascot while she was learning to fly she showed me her plane the Golden Eagle I have great memorys of her. Joan Lyons (Fawcett)

  19. feenohell 20 months ago | reply

    The post is pretty nice and the black and white photo of welding parts is looking very nice.
    KLK Welding

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