Bertram Ogilvie asleep on couch
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There appear to several bottles of alcohol on the table in the right foreground of the image. This was possibly the aftermath of a successful flight attempt or triumph of Ogilvie and his team. Bertram Ogilvie and others were constructing and trialling aeronautical techniques in Napier from 1907 to 1911.
Bertram Ogilvie is 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.
Height x Width: 182 x 137mm