Kate, Rita, Fiona: 3 Feisty women, a small canvas ‘plane & a derelict ship’s hull
Posted on: Mon 20 May 2019
WINNER OF 2019 BILBY AWARD
Kate: Migrating to Australia. In 1968 a somewhat inexperienced 28 year old pilot with only 40 flying hours to his credit, and an even less experienced 24 year old navigator took off from a Scottish airfield on the first stage of a 12,000 mile journey to Australia that was scheduled to take only 6 weeks. Fate proved otherwise! Piled on the rear seat of the tiny canvas covered, wooden propeller, 3-seat aircraft was one small suitcase of clothes and a few personal necessities, along with a large cardboard box containing 33 topographical maps. Their journey was peppered with rogues; thieves; bribery demands; war torn countries; good and kind-hearted people who helped the young couple through perilous times and conditions.
Rita: 2013. In a yellow hard-hat, a mature-aged woman climbed aboard MV Palanpur, a Heavy-Lift ship in the UK, bound for a 22,000km, three month eventful journey to Australia. On the deck was the shrink-wrapped hull of The City of Adelaide Clipper Ship. Just how did this determined woman wheedle her way onto the Palanpur, a non-passenger carrying working ship, and why?
Fiona White chats with both women about their adventures.
Interviewer Fiona White