Aerial League of Australia, Victorian Section
|Organization names||Aerial League of Australia, Victorian Section|
By late July 1909, the Automobile Club of Victoria had taken the initiative in forming a Victorian section of the Aerial League of Australia in Melbourne. The provisional committee formally met at the Melbourne Town Hall on 11 Aug. 1909 and established the Aerial League of Australia, Victorian Section, for the purpose of cultivating the scientific study of aerial navigation, promoting the intercourse of those interested in the subject, aiding with advice and instruction those studying the subject. Also, the rules of the Aerial League of Australia, New South Wales Section, were adopted. In December 1910, 184 members were reported in the Victorian Section.
Col. J. Stanley chaired the 11 Aug. 1909 meeting. Officers chosen included Col. James Burston, president; Colonel Stanley, George Fairbairn, Prof. T. R. Lyle, and W. N. Kernot, vice presidents; Capt. H.Tarrant, treasurer; and. E. L. Homes, secretary. The governor general of Austraila was named patron and the governor of Victoria, T. D. Gibson-Carmichael, the state patron. Headquarters were to be established in the club rooms of the Automobile Club of Victoria.
To educate the public on the aims and objects of the Aerial League of Australia and simulate interest in aeronautics, a public meeting and exhibition of models was presented at the Atheneum Hall in Melbourne on 17 Sept. 1909. This appears to have been a production of Victorian Section of the Aerial League, which was said to have promoted the exhibition with the assistance of George A. Taylor, secretary of the New South Wales Section. Sixteen models were shown; nearly all were of local invention.
- The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria), 29 July 1909, 11 & 13 Aug. 1909; 11 Sept. 1909; Examiner (Launceston, Tasmania), 18 Sept. 1909; Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia), 25 Sept. 1909; The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, New South Wales), 3 Dec. 1910; Gibson, "Australia and Australians in Civil Aviation, An Index to Events" V.1, 25-26, 30 (1971); Copley, "Australians in the Air," 9 (1976)