Walsh Brothers to Warbirds
Opens Thursday June 5th
The exhibition Walsh Brothers to Warbirds, opening soon at the Ernest Clarke Memorial Museum, acknowledges the rich aviation history of the Papakura district, and the outstanding events which contributed to the country's flying industry.
Walsh Brothers to War Birds is an exhibition of early flight in New Zealand, featuring a selection of photographs by George Bourne, Arthur Breckon and official photographers of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The exhibition presents aviation pioneers Leo and Vivian Walsh and their experiments with flight in Papakura along with their pilot training operations in Kohimarama (now called Mission Bay).
The area of Papakura has been a key site for the development of aviation in New Zealand. The Walsh brothers first biplane was tested by Vivian Walsh in a Papakura park in 1911. Their enthusiasm for building and flying planes led to the formation of the Aero Club of New Zealand in 1910 and later the New Zealand Flying School which opened in 1915, training over 100 pilots for World War One.
Walsh Brothers to War Birds was produced by the Auckland War Memorial Museum in close collaboration with the Papakura District Council and Ernest Clarke Memorial Museum. The exhibition covers significant aviation events and landmarks within Papakura and beyond, including images of pilot training at Ardmore Airfield for World War Two and the restored aircraft collections of the New Zealand Warbirds Association.
This Auckland Museum outreach exhibition has been a positive and collaborative process. The Auckland Museum exhibition team worked closely with the staff at the Ernest Clarke Memorial Museum to select the themes of the exhibition. At the duration of the exhibition, Auckland Museum will gift the prints to the Ernest Clarke Memorial Museum collection.
This exhibit is part of Auckland Museum’s regional touring programme that will see the Museum take mainly pictorial exhibitions to civic centres’ throughout the wider Auckland region. The Ernest Clarke Memorial Museum will open the exhibition to the public on Thursday June 5th.
Ernest Clarke Memorial Museum
Accent Point Building, Level 4,
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: 10am-3pm