including members, former member and friends participated in a most enjoyable
guided tour of the New Woman Exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane followed by
lunch at the Shingle Inn. The exhibition was hosted by Sallyanne Atkinson AO,
Club member and Chairman of the Museum of Brisbane who added so much to the
tour because of her personal knowledge of artists and those who were painted.
The exhibition includes a portrait by former Club member and portrait artist,
Lola McCausland of Dame Annabelle Rankin who was the first woman from
Queensland elected to parliament and the first woman to become a federal
As we begin
planning our special project for 2020, ‘Homelessness in Older Women’, we were
delighted to have Karen Lyon Reid (CEO) and Jennifer Clarke (Board member) from
The Lady Musgrave Trust join us at our Club dinner meeting this week to talk
about the work they are doing to support vulnerable and homeless women in
Brisbane and neighbouring areas. Women over the age of 55 is the fastest
growing category of people either on the verge of or actually experiencing
homelessness. No woman should be unsure about where she is going to sleep
In early 2016, Zonta Brisbane’s Advocacy Committee began lobbying the Brisbane City Council to commemorate Australia’s greatest woman flyer Lores Bonney as part of the Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade. Following this consultation with the Zonta Club of Brisbane and with the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, the Brisbane City Council announced that the new Kingsford Smith Drive riverside promenade and cycle path would be named the Lores Bonney Riverwalk. The Riverwalk was opened on 22 June 2019.
The naming of the Lores Bonney Riverwalk places our very own Australian aviatrix in the forefront of Australian aviation history, inspired by US hero Amelia Earhart. Lores Bonney learnt to fly at Eagle Farm airport in a de Havilland DH-60G Gipsy Moth biplane. Lores was a quiet achiever but her achievements in the 1930’s speak for themselves.
1931: First woman to circumnavigate Australia by air
1932: First woman to fly from Australia to England
1937: First person to fly from Australia to South Africa
For her Australia-England flight, Lores Bonney was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire by King George V. The Bonney Trophy, which she presented in England, is still awarded annually to an outstanding British female pilot. World War Two interrupted her flying and Lores relinquished her licence in 1948.
Lores Bonney retired to the Gold Coast, Queensland where she lived for another 50 years. She died on 24 February 1994, aged 96. Tributes to the aviatrix flowed with The Royal Queensland Aero Club mounting a fly-past and Parliament of Australia acknowledging her role in the development of Australian and international aviation.