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Biographical entry Duigan, John Robertson (1882 - 1951)

31 May 1882
Terang, Victoria, Australia
11 June 1951
Ringwood, Victoria, Australia
Aviator and Electrical engineer


John Robertson Duigan made the first flight in Australia of a locally designed and built aircraft (1910). A memorial to him was unveiled in 1960 on the Mia Mia-Lancefield road, near the site of this historic flight.

Published resources


  • Crotty, David, A Flying Life: John Duigan and the first Australian Aeroplane (Melbourne: Museum Victoria, 2010), 176 pp. Details
  • Crotty, David, A Flying Life: John Duigan and the First Australian Aeroplane (Melbourne: Museum Victoria, 2012), 170 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Kendall, F.J., 'Duigan, John Robertson (1881-1951), pioneer aviator and electrical engineer' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 8 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), pp. 360-361. Details

Journal Articles

  • Brogden, S., 'John Duigan's Plane Made History', Aircraft Magazine (1960). Details
  • Kendall, F. J., 'John Robertson Duigan, a pioneer aviator in Australia', The Victorian Historical Magazine. Details


See also

Rosanne Walker