90 second statement – Hinkler Ring
My electorate is named after the great aviator Bert Hinkler.
After distinguished service in the First World War, the boy from Bundaberg was the first pilot to fly solo from England to Australia.
Last month, on the 2nd of August, a very special memorial and walking trail – named the Hinkler Ring – was unveiled at the Tuscan crash site in Italy where Bert Hinkler was killed in 1933.
The memorial was the brainchild of Capalaba-based aviation history enthusiast Kevin Lindeberg, who helped research a number of historical books about the pioneer.
Mr Lindeberg co-ordinated the Hinkler Ring’s establishment from start to finish; first marking out the Italian crash site in 1974.
The LNP State Government contributed $37,000 towards the relocation of a basalt boulder from Mon Repos beach to the crash site in Italy, to become the memorial’s centrepiece.
The memorial also features a time capsule containing a letter from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Italy and the Queensland Premier to be opened in 100 years.
In June, President of the Senate Senator Stephen Parry and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop signed a special framed poster celebrating Bert Hinkler’s visit to the Australian Parliament on March 14, 1928.
Featuring extracts from Parliament’s visitor books and a photo of Bert being welcomed by the then Prime Minister SM Bruce, the framed gift was presented at the Hinkler Ring unveiling to be displayed at the Chalet Da Giocondo in Italy.
A second copy takes pride of place in the Hinkler electorate office, in Bert’s home town.