Master Hawkins by plane engine

Current rights
Public Domain

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About this object
A photograph of a young boy identified as Master Hawkins with an engine or component of an aeroplane.

The photograph was possibly taken at the property in Riverbend Road, Napier, where Bertram Ogilvie and others were constructing and trialling aeronautical techniques from 1907 to 1911. Master Hawkins is likely Osbert William Arthur Pickard Hawkins, the son of Arthur Pickard Hawkins, one of Mr.Ogilvie's employers at Hawkins and Rome, who arranged a syndicate to finance some of Ogilvie's projects.

Bertram Ogilvie thought to have been the first man to pilot a powered aeroplane in New Zealand. He was the inventor of the principle of ailerons. While an employee of the firm of Hawkins and Rome, engineers in Hastings, he pioneered the construction of an aeroplane which incorporated the principle of ailerons. Attempts to launch the machine into the air on the beach near Napier did not meet with success, but after further trials the machine was got into the air and the aileron principle proved a great success.

This photograph was taken some time during these trials between 1907 and 1911.

Photographer and exact date unknown.
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Black and white photograph glued onto card in an album. The album has a hard green linen cover with Sunny Memories printed on the front.
Height x Width: 77 x 51mm
Height x Width: 182 x 137mm
Subject date
Current rights
Collection of Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 10950
Credit line
gifted by Mr L M Goodger
Other number(s)
10950, 5147, 629.13 Goo, 80826

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