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Celebrate 130 years of Bert Hinkler

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Bert Hinkler in cockpit of the Avro Baby G-EACQ

Bert Hinkler's favourite cake will be served up to every ticketed entry to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation on Thursday 8 December to celebrate the local aviation pioneer's birthday.

“Hinkler Cake” was believed to have been baked by his mother, Frances, when Bert returned home to Bundaberg on 11 April 1921 after his record breaking flight from Sydney to Bundaberg.

Made with raisins, dates and currants, visitors to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation will be treated to a slice while delving into Bert's history and commemorating his adventurous spirit and his 130 years.

The Fly with Bert exhibit will also be displayed within the J.A. Lex Rowland Gallery and features 360-degree drone footage which has captured the view from Bert’s wild ride under the railway and Burnett Traffic Bridge back in 1921.

While housed in the gallery, this exhibit is free for this day only for the public to experience in addition to looking at Bert’s original Avro Baby aircraft on loan from Qld Museum.

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Mayor Jack Dempsey with the flight simulator

History of Bert Hinkler

Bundaberg-born Bert Hinkler was a man fascinated by flight.

His captivation with the wonders of air travel took him across the world and made him a pioneer and household name in his field.

Herbert John Louis (Bert) Hinkler AFC DSM was born in Bundaberg, Queensland on 8 December 1892.

By the age of 19 he had hand-built man-carrying gliders and already flew them successfully at Mon Repos beach.

Bert Hinkler died in 1933 at the age of 40.

He was endeavouring to establish yet another record-breaking solo flight when his aircraft crashed in the Appennine Mountains in Italy.

To discover more about Bert and his history, visit the Hinkler Hall of Aviation in the Botanic Gardens.

Local residents can enjoy one free entry ticket when bringing in two paying adult or senior visitors as part of the local ambassador program.

Find out more here.

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