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Photograph – Framed - Geelong Gliding Club primary glider - Geelong Gliding Club primary glider flying at Tower Hill at Easter 1931

From the Collection of Australian Gliding Museum 20 Jensz Road Parwan Victoria

Framed black and white photograph
60 cm wide and 46 cm high including frame.
Object Registration
australian gliding, glider, geelong gliding club, tom thompson, zogling, primary glider, tower hill, koroit, percy pratt, victorian gliding association
Historical information
The photograph was taken at the first big inter-club gliding rally in Australia that was run by the Victorian Gliding Association at Tower Hill, Koroit, over the four day Easter holiday weekend in 1931. For more information about this event see Allan Ash, Gliding in Australia, Hudson, Hawthorn, 1990, pp 20-21.

The glider shown is a Zogling that was built in 1929 by the Geelong Gliding Club under the supervision of Percy Pratt who had obtained the constructional plans from Germany.

The glider was flown on this occasion by Tom Thompson, a founding member of the Geelong club.
This photograph is significant for the Geelong Gliding Club (as it shows its original primary glider in flight at this legendary event) and for Australian gliding in general as it captures the pioneering spirit of those times with the sight of a primary glider in flight off the edge of the Tower Hill volcanic crater and the interest it evidently generated amongst the local public as indicated by the many spectators.
Inscriptions & Markings
G.G.C. Primary Glider
Tower Hill, Koroit – Easter 1931
Pilot T.W.Thompson (17/6/1908 – 13/6/1988)
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:09AM