Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ABC wed. letter p for Pilot

Last night, I glued my eyes to the TV. I watch Jean Batten.
Jean Batten was New Zealand's greatest aviator, celebrated around the world for her heroic solo flights during the 1930s. Following her success she faded in and out of public view. She eventually died in obscurity in Majorca, Spain, in 1982.
Jean Batten - The Garbo of the Skies
Jane Gardner Batten was born on 15 September 1909 in Rotorua. She soon became known as Jean. In 1913 she moved to Auckland with her parents and two older brothers. In 1917 her father, Frederick, a dentist, volunteered to join the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and was sent to the Western Front. The loss of his earnings caused financial hardship for the family; during this period Batten moved from Melmerley Ladies School in Parnell to a state school. Following Frederick's return in 1919, Batten's parents quarrelled and around 1920 they separated. Her mother, Ellen, initially took her to live in Howick, where she attended a local convent school. They returned to the city in 1922 and Batten's father paid for her to board at Ladies College in Remuera. 



MelodyK said...

A daredevil woman she was.... lovely hommage and good choice for this weeks letter

Have a wonderful ABC-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Ann said...

The Garbo of the skies - pretty cool.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I love learning about pioneer aviators, especially women. Thanks!

Leslie: said...

Wow I'd never heard of her but it's always a pleasure to be introduced to a historical figure.

abcw team

photowannabe said...

I never heard of her before either.
She sounds fascinating and I like the saying..."The Garbo of the skies".

Roger Owen Green said...

inspirational tale!


Indira said...

Inspiring story.Good choice for the letter.