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Photograph - Miss Raukura Asquith at Sockburn Aerodrome


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Air Force Museum of New Zealand

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MUS09000422
Author: simbath_63

Photograph - Miss Raukura Asquith at Sockburn Aerodrome

Miss Raukura Asquith was photographed at Sockburn (later re-named Wigram) aerodrome sometime in 1918. During World War One, the Canterbury Aviation Company trained some 150 pilots (all men in those days). One of the few women working at the aerodrome was eighteen year old Miss Raukura Faith Asquith (known as Kura). She worked in the office of the company secretary, C.W. Hervey, assisting him in clerical tasks. She is seen standing in front of one of the Company’s Caudron G.III aircraft in flying-clothing; she has probably been for a passenger flight, one of the perks of the unusual business she worked for. Kura lived with her mother in Salisbury Street, Christchurch but later married Harold Cowell in 1923. She died in 1985.

 

Date: 
Friday, 18 March, 2016

Author: simbath_63