A special storytelling project which aims to preserve the history of Bert Hinkler and provide an insight into how Hinkler House and Hinkler Hall of Aviation were constructed will soon come to fruition.
The Regional Arts Development Fund has recently allocated $3000 to help bring to life the oral history project which is set to be produced by locals.
RADF is a joint endeavour of Arts Queensland and Bundaberg Regional Council and promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions.
The Hinkler Project is a partnership between the Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association and staff at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.
Through the RADF grant, funding has been sought by the organisations to engage a historian to interview Bundaberg man Lex Rowland about his life and what led him and other influential members to form the Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association Inc.
Hinkler Hall of Aviation's acting supervisor Kym-Maree Murphy said it was through Lex and the association that the relocation of the Hinkler House was achieved, as well as the development of the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and information on items within the collection.
“The relocation of Bert Hinkler’s House from England and its rebuilding brick by brick is a remarkable feat that was undertaken by a dedicated group of Bundaberg locals, the Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association Inc,” she said.
“This, along with the development of a world-class museum, are two incredible local stories that should be captured, celebrated.
“This project aims to celebrate local talent and incredible achievement within the Bundaberg Region.”
Bundaberg-based historian Ross Peddlesden has been engaged to conduct the interview, voice record and complete transcription while Bundaberg-based videographer David Quarrell has been engaged to film and edit the interview.
The story will be added to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation collection and will be used for future museum exhibitions and online digital stories for the public to access after the project is completed at the end of June.
The Hinkler Project to add to growing museum collection
The Hinkler Project will add another element to the local Bert Hinkler story at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.
With over 17,000 visitors to the museum during the 2020/2021 financial year and similar numbers for previous years, the documentary is set to provide tourists and locals alike with further insight into the famous aviation pioneer and his extensive connections to Bundaberg.
Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth congratulated Hinkler Hall of Aviation staff for their efforts and involvement in helping to preserve such an important facet of the region's history.
“Bert Hinkler, the boy from Bundaberg, had a passion and fascination for flight which took him all over the world and, ultimately, put our region on the map,” he said.
“It is so important that we maintain his legacy and I want to thank our wonderful staff at Hinkler Hall of Aviation for their commitment to this project and their offering of support to the Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association Inc.
“With local schools, families and individuals visiting each year, there is strong demand for the staff and volunteers of the Hinkler Hall of Aviation to develop new displays, activities and public programs.
“The Hinkler Project will strengthen the internationally significant collection at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.
“It is a cultural project entirely for and by the people of Bundaberg.”
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.