Temora Aviation Museum Surprise!
Aviation Journalist Awards Dinner
Stewart and Wendy Wilson had a busy weekend. A quick trip by train to Sydney on Friday for the Australasian Aviation Press Club’s annual Awards Dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel. This year was the 20th annual awards dinner and we attended the very first with Jim Thorn and the Australian Aviation team. How time flies.
This year Andrew McLaughlin, editor of ADBR , deservedly won the Journalist of the Year award. Andrew earned this award as he also won two others, Defence Story of the Year and Technical Story of the Year and was runner up in another category.
We were invited as guests at the event and enjoyed catching up with friends and colleagues we don’t see all that often. Some very kind words were said about our 16 years producing Aero Australia and the sadness associated with the next issue being the last.
Temora Aviation Museum Christmas Party
Saturday saw us on the 7.05 am train back to Bungendore. A quick trip home before driving across to the Temora Aviation Museum and dealing with mud rain all the way. The day’s flying was finished by the time we arrived with visitors busy looking at the displayed aircraft and talking to the pilots. Museum volunteers with more than 400 accumulated hours service were being offered flights in museum aircraft as a thank you for their support of the museum.
The Christmas party was held in the display hangar surrounded by the beautiful aircraft of the Temora Historic Flight. Peter Harper, general manager was the evening’s MC and he opened by presenting volunteers with particular accumulations of volunteered hours with awards and pins. The highest volunteer hours was an amazing 5,000. This belongs to Anne Widdows who is always so welcoming when you visit the museum for showcases.
After an amazing dinner by Red Hen Hospitality, Peter Harper announced a presentation to two people who’d had an emotional week, Stewart and Wendy Wilson. We were surprised as we had no idea the museum was planning to mark the occasion of us finishing Aero Australia issue 65, the final issue.
We were asked to come to the plectrum where Murray Kear, CEO of Temora Aviation Museum, presented us with the plaque show below. Wendy was asked to unwrap it so everyone could see it. Peter Harper had been in touch with Aero’s designer, Mat Clancy, to get a high resolution cover of the magazine. Mat was not able to release the #65 Aero cover so they compromised and used an appropriate cover featuring the two Temora Spitfires.
Again, the words on the plaque were very kind, thanking us for our contribution to the aviation industry generally and the Temora Aviation Museum in particular over the last 20 years. We are very proud of our long association with the museum and were delighted to receive this wonderful ‘thank you’ from them.