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Cultural Artefact Bleriot XI

Aviation or Aeronautical Industries


The Bleriot XI was one of the first and most successful aircraft to fly in Australia. The monoplane was originally constructed using English Ash, with wings made from rubberised canvas covering Sitka spruce ribs. It was the first aircraft used to transport mail between Sydney and Melbourne. The original plane used for carrying mail is on display at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Engineering students at Burnie TAFE College are building two replicas of 1909 Bleriot XI.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia

Published resources


  • Crouch, Tom D., Bleriot XI, the story of a classic aircraft, vol. 5 (Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982), 143 pp. Details


Ailie Smith