Bertram Ogilvie and Friends

Ogilvie, Bertram
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A photograph of a group of men who contributed to early flight experimentation in Hawke's Bay.

The photograph was likely taken in Riverbend Road, Napier, where Bertram Ogilvie and others were constructing and trialling aeronautical techniques from 1907 to 1911.

The men are identified from left to right, the back row : Mr Lawrence, R Goodger, J Munro, and Captain Hawkins. The front row: Mr Loren, Mr Ogilvie and Mr Smith.

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.

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: 54 x 92mm
Height x Width: 182 x 137mm
Subject date
Collection of Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 10975
Credit Line
gifted by Mr L M Goodger
Other number(s)
10975, 5147, 629.13 Goo, 80929


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