Freda Mary Thompson

F, #20908, b. 5 April 1906, d. 11 December 1980
Unknown photographer
Miss Freda Thompson (1906–1980)
AIS photograph Pictorial Collection
FatherFrederick Sty Thompson
MotherMartha Hollins
Occupation*Freda Mary Thompson was Aviator.1 
Birth*5 April 1906She was born on 5 April 1906 at South Yarra, Victoria.2 
Married Name6 January 1920 As of 6 January 1920,her married name was Brown.3,4 
Marriage*6 January 1920She married Arnold Brown on 6 January 1920 at Sydney, New South Wales.3,4 
Event-Misc2 October 1934Freda Mary Thompson was (an unknown value) on 2 October 1934 at Athens.5,6 
Event-Misc3 October 1934She was (an unknown value) on 3 October 1934 at Athens.7,8 
Event-Misc4 October 1934She was (an unknown value) on 4 October 1934 at Athens.9 
Event-Misc22 October 1934She was (an unknown value) on 22 October 1934 at Athens.10,11 
Event-Misc23 October 1934She was (an unknown value) on 23 October 1934.12,13,14,15 
Event-Misc29 October 1934She was (an unknown value) on 29 October 1934 at Mumbai, Maharashtra.16,17,18 
Event-Misc1 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 1 November 1934 at Yangon.19,20 
Event-Misc3 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 3 November 1934.21 
Event-Misc9 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 9 November 1934 at Northern Territory.22 
Event-Misc10 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 10 November 1934 at Northern Territory.23,24,25 
Event-Misc13 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 13 November 1934 at Northern Territory.26,27 
Event-Misc14 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 14 November 1934 at Tennant Creek, Northern Territory.28,29,30,31 
Event-Misc15 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 15 November 1934 at Darwin, Northern Territory.32,33 
Event-Misc16 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 16 November 1934 at Brisbane, Queensland.34,35,36,37 
Event-Misc17 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 17 November 1934 at Queensland.38,39,40 
Event-Misc18 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 18 November 1934 at Sydney, New South Wales.41 
Event-Misc19 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 19 November 1934 at New South Wales.42,43 
Event-Misc20 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 20 November 1934 at New South Wales.44 
Event-Misc21 November 1934She was (an unknown value) on 21 November 1934 at Sydney, New South Wales.45 
Event-Misc7 December 1934She was (an unknown value) on 7 December 1934 at Victoria.46,47 
Event-Misc6 November 1937She was (an unknown value) on 6 November 1937 at Sydney, New South Wales.48,49 
Event-Misc*1972She was Awarded OBE in 1972.50 
Death*11 December 1980She died on 11 December 1980 at age 74. 

Family

Arnold Brown b. 22 Jul 1894, d. 6 Mar 1960

Citations

  1. [S167] Australian Women, online http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/honours/obec.html, Occupation = Aviator.
  2. [S10] VIC Edwardian (1902-1913) BDM, VIC Edwardian (1902-1913) CD-ROM, Reg. No: 14024
    Born 1906
    Birthplace = SOUTH YARRA
    Father = Fredk Hy
    Mother = Martha HOLLINS.
  3. [S168] Australian Biographies, online http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Married on 6 January 1920
    At the Pitt Street Congregational Church, Sydney.
  4. [S32] NSW BW (1914-1945) BDM, NSW BW (1914-1945) CD-ROM, Reg. No: 117
    Married 1920
    Registered at Sydney, NSW.
  5. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    Examiner (Launceston, TAS.: 1900-1954)
    Tuesday 2 October 1934

    STRUCK TREE
    MISS THOMPSON UNLUCKY


    ATHENS, October 1.
    Miss Freda Thompson, of Melbourne,
    who left Lympe on Friday morning
    to fly to Australia, struck a tree at
    Megara, 20 miles from Athens, at 7
    p.m. yesterday on the hop from Brin-
    disi, and the machine was wrecked.
    Miss Thompson proceeded to Athens.
  6. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA " 1931-1954)
    Tuesday 2 October 1934

    Miss Thompson Strikes Tree in Greece

    LONDON, October 1
    Miss Freda Thompson, who was on
    a flight to Australia, struck a tree
    when forced to land in the darkness
    at Megara, 20 miles from Athens, last
    night. She was not hurt, but the
    plane was damaged, though she hopes
    that it can be repaired to enable her
    to continue her flight.

    It appears that Miss Thompson did
    not allow for the difference of one
    hour between Brindisi and Athens
    times, and was thus overtaken by
    darkness. She stayed the night at
    the home of the mayor of Megara and
    went to Athens, where she is staying
    with the British Minister.

    Mechanics have left for Megara in
    an attempt to repair the plane.
  7. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Townsville Daily Bulletin (QLD.: 1885-1954)
    Wednesday 3 October 1934

    MISS FREDA THOMPSON

    After Jean Batten's Record


    LONDON, October 1.
    Miss Thompson's Mother has rec-
    ceived new that her daughter landed
    in bad weather, and rough ground.
    The machine was temporarily dam-
    aged, but the aviatrix hopes to start
    again.

    ATHENS, October 1
    Miss Freda Thompson's machine
    struck a tree at Megara, 20 miles from
    Athens, at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Miss
    Thompson was unhurt, but her ma-
    chine was wrecked.
    Miss Thompson left for Athens.

    ATHENS, October 1
    Mis Freda Thompson still hopes to
    beat Jean Batten's record.
    "I was delayed in Italy by passport
    and other formalities." Miss Thomp-
    son said. "The plane is not fitted
    for night flying, but landed perfectly
    in an olive grove, swerved around
    one tree, hit another, and capsized. I
    was bruised and the plane had a wing
    broken and the landing gear smash-
    ed. The people were extremely kind
    and gave me such a big meal that I
    couldn't eat anything this morning."
    The aviatrix was rescued by a Greek
    student, who at first was more
    alarmed than Miss Thompson. She
    was helped from the wreck and
    escorted to the Mayor's house.

    The newspapers praise Miss Thomp-
    son's courage and coolness.

    The village of M???'s other claim
    to fame is that it possesses a monster
    of the Loch Ness type, the observance
    of which include Miss Thompson's
    rescuer.
  8. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954)
    Wednesday 3 October 1934

    MISS THOMPSON'S FLIGHT

    ATHENS, Oct.1
    Miss Freda Thompson, who is flying from
    England to Australia, and made a forced land-
    ing at Megara, near Athens, still hopes to break
    the woman's solo record to Australia. "I was
    delayed in Italy owing to passport and other
    formalities," she said. "The plane was not
    fitted for night flying, but I landed perfectly
    in an olive grove. I swerved to avoid one
    tree and hit another. The plane capsized
    and I was bruised. The wing of the machine
    was broken and the landing gear was smasked.
    People were exteremely kind to me. They gave
    me such a big meal that I could not eat anyy-
    thing this morning."

    Miss Thompson was rescued by a Greek
    student, who helped her from the wrecked
    plane, and escorted her to the Mayor's house.

    Newspapers praise Mis Thompson's courage
    and coolness. The village of megara has
    another claim to fame. It is said to possess
    a monster of the Loch Ness type, the observers
    of which include Miss Thompson's rescuer.
  9. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Western Mail (Perth, WA: 1885-1954)
    Thursday 4 October 1934

    MISS THOMPSON CRASHES

    Plane Badly Damagaed


    ATHENS, Oct. 1. - Miss Freda Thomp-
    son, a Melboure airwoman, who left Eng-
    land last Friday on a flight to Australia,
    crashed today in Attica. The airwoman
    escaped unhurt but her machine was badly
    damaged.

    Miss Thompson left Rome on the second
    stage of her flight at 8.50 a.m. yesterday
    and landed at Brindisi shortly after noon.
    After refuelling she took off for Athens.
    She should have completed the hop by the
    evening and, when midnight pased with-
    outr any sign of her, great anxiety was felt.
  10. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Argus (Melbourne, VIC.: 1848-1954)
    Monday 22 October 1934

    Mis Thompson Reusmes Flight

    ATHENS. Oct.21

    Miss Freda Thompson, the Melbourne
    airwoman, who damaged her aeroplane in
    a night landing near Athens on October
    1, while flying from England to Australia,
    had had the repairs completed. She left
    for Syprus to-day.
  11. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954)
    Monday 22 October 1934

    PLAN TRIPS TO AUSTRALIA

    Miss Thompson Starts Again.

    LONDON, Oct. 21. - Miss Freda
    Thompson, the Melbourne airwoman who
    crashed at Megara (about 20 miles from
    Athens) on October 1 when on a flight
    from England to Australia, has had her
    damaged plane repaired and left Athens
    today for Cyprus in continuation of her
    attempt.

    Mr. Sid. Jackson, the speedway rider,
    who left London on a solo flight to Aus-
    tralia on Thursday last, is fogbound at
    Compeigne, in northern France. He pro-
    poses to continue his flight as the earliest
    possible momemt.
  12. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Northern Standard (Darwin, NT: 1921-1955)
    Tuesday 23 October 1934

    MISS FREDA THOMPSON

    Cyprus, October 23.
    The Melbourne flyer, Miss Freda
    Thompson, who left Lympas on
    September 28 for Australia and
    damaged her plane at Athens, left
    there on Sunday and reached Cyp-
    rus. She slightly injured her wrist
    when landing.
  13. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Courier0Mail (Brisbane, QLD.: 1933-1954)
    Tuesday 23 October 1934

    MISS THOMPSON FLIES TO DAMASCUS
    LONDON, October 21
    Miss Freda Thompson, the Mel-
    bourne aviatrix, who is flying solo
    from England to Australia, arrived at
    Micosia (Cyprus) to-day. By mistake
    she landed first 20 miles west of
    Nicosia, and slightly injured he wrist
    when taking off. Miss Thompson has
    left for Damascus.
  14. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Townsville Daily Bulletin (QLD.: 1885-1954)
    Tuesday 23 October 1934

    MISS THOMPSON
    Flying to Damascus


    NICOSIA, October 21
    Miss Freda Thompson, who is fly-
    ing to Australia, arrived, after landing
    by mistake 20 miles west, where her
    wrist was slightly injured, when tak-
    ing off. She is now proceeding to
    Damascus. "I almost don't want to
    go" were her departing words.
  15. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Argus (Melbourne, VIC.: 1848-1954)
    Tuesday 23 October 1934

    Miss Thompson Passes Cyprus

    NICOSIA (Cyprus), Oct. 21.
    Miss Freda Thompson, the Melbourne
    airwoman, who resumed her flight from
    England to Melbourne from Athens on
    Saturday after a long delay caused by
    the necessity for having the machine
    repaired after a crash, arrived here after
    landing by mistake 20 miles west of the
    city. Her wrist was slightly injured in
    taking off after the false landing. She
    has left for Damascus.
  16. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Argus (Melbourne, VIC.: 1848-1954)
    Monday 29 October 1934

    Miss Thompson in India
    BOMBAY, Oct. 28
    Miss Freda Thompson, of Melbourne,
    who is flying to Australia alone, arrived at
    Jodhpur yesterday and departed for Allah-
    abad to-day.
  17. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954)
    Monday 29 October 1934

    MISS THOMPSON'S TRIP

    JOHDPUR, Oct. 28 - Miss Freda
    Thompson, a Melbourne airwoman who
    left England on a flight to Australia on
    September 28, left here for Allahabad
    today. She said she had had an excel-
    lent trip from Damascus and had no
    experienced any trouble.

    Miss Thompson made a forced land-
    in in the dark at Attica (Greece) on
    October 2, and her plane was badly dam-
    aged.
  18. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Examiner (Launceston, TAS.: 1900-1954)
    Monday 29 October

    MISS THOMPSON'S FLIGHT
    MAKING GOOD PROGRESS


    JODHPUR, Oct. 27.
    The Melbourne aviatrix, Freda
    Thompson, who is flying from England
    to Australia, arrived at 12.35.

    She said that hse had had an excellent
    trip and met with no trouble. She
    left for Allahabad after a short stop.
  19. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, QLD.: 1933-1954)
    Thursday 1 November 1934

    FREDA THOMPSON AT RANGOON

    RANGOON, October 30.
    The Australian aviatrix, Miss Freda
    Thompson, who's flying to Australia,
    arrived here at 4.30 p.m. local time.
    Shee will leave for Singapore to-mor-
    row.
  20. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Townsville Daily Bulletin (QLD.: 1885-1954)
    Thursday 1 November 1934

    MISS FEDA THOMPSON
    Arrival at Rangoon

    RANGOON, October 30
    The girl flyer, Miss Feda Thomp-
    son, arrived here at 4.30 p.m. She
    goes to Singapore to-morrow.
  21. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    The West Australian (Perth, WAA :1879-1954)
    Saturday 3 November 1934

    FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA
    Miss Thompson at Singapore.


    SINGAPORE, Nov. 2. - Miss Freda
    Thompson, the Victorian airwoman, who
    is flying from England to Australia, ar-
    rived at Singapore early this afternoon.
  22. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Townsville Daily Bulletin (QLD.: 1885-1954)
    Friday 9 November 1934

    MIS FREDA THOMPSON

    Reported Missing


    DARWIN, November 8
    Great anxiety is felt for the safety of
    Miss Freda Thompson, the Melbourne
    flier, who left Darwin to-day for
    Newcastle Waters. She said she was
    going to Newcastle Waters, and in-
    tended to stop there. She was last
    seen at Powell's Creek, heading south,
    60 miles from her destination. She
    did not know the way over the bad
    countryt south and decided to follow
    the Overland Telegraph Line. She
    seems to have missed Newcastle
    Waters, continuing to follow the line
    southwards instead of turning east.
    She displayed anxiety about this stage
    saying: "I get lost in the simplest
    places."

    The Moth Gipsy Six plane had
    enough petrol for 750 miles, or eight
    hours. No word of Miss Thompson
    has been received between Powell's
    Creek and Alice Springs. Should a
    search be necessary, there are two
    planes here, one belonging to a doc-
    tor, and the other to teh Shell Coy.
    When she landed to-day, Miss Thomp-
    son had the distiction of being the
    first Australian woman to fly from
    England to Australia.
  23. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Longreach Leader (QLD.: 1923-1938)
    Saturday 10 November 1934

    MELBOURNE AVIATRIX
    MISS THOMPSON LEFT DARWIN

    DARWIN, Wednesday
    Great anxiety is expressed for the
    safety of Miss Freda Thompson, the
    Melbourne aviatrix who left Darwin
    t-day for Newcastle Waters. She
    seems to have missed Newcastle
    Waters, and continued south instead
    of turning east. No word of the mis-
    sing flyer has been reported at settle-
    ments between Powell's Creek and
    Alice Springs stations.

    LANDED SAFELY
    DARWIN, Friday
    Miss Thompson was found 16
    miles north of Tennant's Creek.
    She was quite safe and landed of her
    own accord. the telegraph system has
    been so disorganised that the mess-
    age to Melbourne had to be sent by
    wireless, cable and landline through
    Batavia, Cocos Ireland and Perth, a
    distance of 7700 miles

    STILL AT TENNANT'S CREEK
    LATER.
    Except for the news that Miss
    Freda Thompson has been found by
    Constable Scott, and was safte, no
    further word has been received of
    particulars of her landing. Darwin
    has been isolated for 48 hours, and
    even to-day, communication with
    post offices in the Territory is not
    psooible. The overland telegraph line
    was down for 48 hours between Alice
    miles north of Tennant's Creek.
    Springs and OOdnadatta.

    Miss Thompson was found almost
    200 miles south of her intended des-
    tination, Newcastle Waters.
  24. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Townsville Daily Bulletin (QLD.: 1885-1954)
    Saturday 1934

    MISS FREDA THOMPSON
    No Further Advice

    DARWIN, November 9
    Miss Freda Thompson was found
    by Constable Scott, stationed at Ten-
    nant's Creek. He traced her down
    the telegraph line, then search
    both sides, and found her beside the
    plane, with everything in good order.
    She intends to leave as soon as she
    can get petrol.

    DARWIN, November 9
    Except for news that MJiss Freda
    Thompson had been found by Con-
    stable Scott, and was safe, no further
    word has been received of the particic-
    lars of her landing 16 miles north of
    Tennant's Creek.

    Darwin had been isolated for 48
    hours, and even to-day, communica-
    tion with post offices in the Territory
    was not possoble. The overland tele-
    graph line was down for 48 hours be-
    ween Alice Springs and Oodnadatta
    and the news that Miss Thompson was
    missing had to be transmitted to all
    States from Darwin by cable-first to
    Java, and then to Singapore and Cocos
    Island.

    Miss Thompson was found almost
    200 miles south of her intended destin-
    ation-Newcastle Waters.
  25. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Cairns Post (QLD.: 1909-1954
    Saturday 10 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON
    NO FURTHER NEWS
    DARWIN ISOLATED


    DARWIN, November 9
    Except for news that Miss Freda
    Thompson, the aviatrix, has been found
    by Constable Scott and was safe, no
    further word has been received of the
    particulars of Miss Thompson's landing
    16 miles north of Tennant's Creek.

    Darwin has been isoltaed for 48 hours,
    and even to-day communications with the
    post offices in the Northern territory
    is not possible. The overland telegraph
    line was down for 48 hours between
    Alice Springs and Oodnadatta.

    The news that Miss Thompson was
    missing had to be transmitted to all the
    States from Darwin by cable first to
    Java, and then to Singapore and
    Cocos Island. Miss Thompson was
    found almost 200 miles south of her in-
    tended destination.
  26. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954)
    Tuesday 13 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON TO RESUME FLIGHT

    MELBOURNE, Monday.
    Having repaired he plane, Fredda
    Thompson, who was forced down near
    Tennant's Creek in the Northern Ter-
    ritory, will resume her Flight to Mel-
    bourne to-morrow.
  27. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Cairns Post (QLD.: 1909-1954)
    Tuesday 13 November 1934

    FREDA THOMPSON
    PLANE WING DAMAGED


    DARWIN, November 12.
    A message from Tennant's Creek
    this morning stated that Miss Freda
    Thompson's plane was towed into
    that centre on Saturday.

    The damaged wing is being re-
    paired, and will probably be com-
    pleted to-day.

    Miss Thompson hopes to leave for
    the South to-morrow.
  28. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954)
    Wednesday 14 November, 1934

    MISS THOMPSON RESUMES FLIGHT

    TENNANT'S CREEK. Tuesday
    Repairs to Miss Freda Thompson's machine
    were completed yesterday, and she left to-day
    for Newcast Waters.
  29. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Canberra Times (ACT: 1926-1954)
    Wednesday 14 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON RESUMES FLIGHT

    Sydney, Tuesday
    Repairs to her plane having been
    complted, Miss Freda Thompson left
    Tennant's Creek this afternoon for
    Melbourne. She intends to fly by way
    of Newcastle Waters and Camooweal.
    Miss Thompson is accompanied by
    Pilot Owen, who is in charge of an-
    ther machine.
  30. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879-1954)
    Wednesday 14 November 1934

    FLIGHT RESUMES

    Miss Thompson's Experiences

    DARWIN, Nov. 13. After a delay of six
    days Miss Freda Thompson, the Mel-
    bourne girl flyer, is in the air again. Hav-
    ing repaired her machine at Tennant's
    Creek with the aid of Pilot Owen, she
    left Tennant's Creek at 2.15 p.m. today
    and arrived at Newcastle Waters at 4.30
    p.m. She will spend the night at New-
    castle Waters and, with Pilot Owen as
    escort, will fly across the Barkley Table-
    land to Camooweal, on teh Queensland
    border, thence to Sydney and Melbourne.

    Miss Thompson's flight from England to
    Australia has been fruitful in mishaps.
    She left Lympne aerodrome on Septem-
    ber 20, on an attempt on the record from
    England to Australia, in a Moth plane
    with a Gypsy Major engine. After divers
    misadventures she struct an olive tree at
    Athens, bending her propeller boss. A
    wait of three weeks ended the record
    attempt, and she then flew leisurely to
    Darwin. She came down the "monsoon
    route" from Singapore to Kupang and
    then faced the 510-mile sea-crossing from
    Timor to Australia. She made the fastest
    time in a light plane across the Timor
    Sea. Leaving Darwin last Wednesday
    with no food and little water, she intended
    to stay at Newcastle Waters, 384 miles
    south, but overflew it, and at sundown
    on the same day was forced to land 16
    miles north of Tennant's Creek. She
    was found next day by Mounted Constable
    Gordon Scott. She had landed on a hill
    20 feet high, damaging the lower wings
    of her plane.

    Pilot Owen, of the Shell Co., flew to
    Tennant's Creek to help her. Her plane
    was towed in by truck and repaired, miss
    Thompson sewing the town fabric of the
    wings. She had as company during her
    enforced stay a Mrs. Dwyer and family,
    and other families located on the Ten-
    nant's Creek goldfields.
  31. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Cairns Post (QLD.: 1909-1954)
    Wednesday 14 November 1934

    FREDA THOMPSON
    IN THE AIR AGAIN


    DARWIN, November 13.
    After a delay of six days Miss Freda
    Thompson is in the air again. She left
    Tennant Creek at 2.15, and arrived at
    Newcastle Waters at 4.30 p.m.

    Shje will spend the night there, and
    with Pilot Owen as escort will fly to
    Camooweal, and thence to Sydney and
    Melbourne.
  32. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879-1954)
    Friday 15 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON'S FLIGHT
    Brisbane. Nov. 15 - Miss Freda
    Thompson, the Melbourne airwoman, who,
    after a flight from England, lost her way
    and was forced to land near Tennant's
    Creek, arrived at Cloncurry at 6 o'clock
    this evening. She will remain there
    overnight.
  33. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, QLD.: 1933-1954)
    Thursday 15 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON'S FLIGHT
    DARWIN, November 14.
    Miss Freda Thompson, the Austra-
    lian airwoman, who flew from Eng-
    land and was forced down near Ten-
    nant's Creek, left Newcastle Waters
    escorted by Pilot Harold Owen in
    his plane, for Camooweal at 10.15
    a.m. to-day.

    No advice had been received in
    Brisbane last night of Miss Thomp-
    son's arrival at Camooweal. The
    telephone line to Camooweal was
    down. However, it was thought likely
    that if Miss Thompson did not reach
    Camooweal she would spend the night
    at Brunett Downs.
  34. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879-1954)
    Thursday 16 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON'S FLIGHT.
    DARWIN, Nov. 14. - Miss Freda
    Thompson, the Melbourne airwoman, who
    has flown from England, left Newcastle
    Waters for Camooweal at 10:15 a.m. to-
    day, accompanied by Pilot Harold Owen.
  35. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Pulbic Notice

    Cairns Post (QLD.: 1909-1954)
    Friday 16 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON AT CLONCURRY

    CLONCURRY, November 15
    Miss Frda Thompson arrived
    at 6 p.m. She will remaine at Colncurry
    overnight.
  36. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    The Courier Mail (Brisbane, QLD.: 1933-1954)
    Friday 16 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON ARRIVES AT CLONCURRY

    CLONCURRY, November 15
    Miss Freda Thompson, who is flying
    from England to Melbourne, arrived
    at Cloncurry at 6 o'clock this evening
    and is remaining over-night.
  37. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Public Notice

    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931-1954)
    Friday 16 November 1934

    Miss Freda Thompson at Cloncurry

    BRISBANE, November 15
    Miss Freda Thompson, the Mel-
    bourne airwoman, who has flown from
    London, arrived at Cloncurry at 6 p.m.
    today. She will remain the over-
    night.
  38. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Longreach leader (QLD.:1923-1938)
    Saturday 17 November 1934

    MISS FREDA THOMPSON
    THROUGH L'REACH YESTERDAY


    Due to a certain extent to the
    fact that there wer 'planes coming
    and going throughout the day in
    connection with the crash of the
    D.H. 86 the arrival & departure of
    a plucky Melbourne girl, Miss Freda
    Thompson passed hardly noticed. In
    company with Piolt Owen of the
    Shel Coy in the "Golden Shell" Miss
    Thompson in her Gipsy Moth
    Major, landed at the Longreach
    drome aboyt 10.30, and left for
    Charleville a few minutes after 2
    p.m. It was Miss Thompson's inten-
    tion to stay the night at Chareleville,
    to go to Burke to-day, and on to
    Sydney to-morrow. She will spend a
    day or two in Sydney, before pro-
    ceeding home to Melbourne. Pilot
    Owen is accompanying her south,
    and they left together.

    Miss Thompson arrived at Char-
    leville at 6 p.m. after experiencing
    headwinds on the journey from
    Longreach.
  39. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, QLD.: 1933-1954)
    Saturday 17 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON FLYING SOUTH

    LONGREACH. November 16
    Miss Freda Thompson landed at
    Longreach at 10.30 a.m. to-day. Ac-
    companied by Pilot Owen in the Shell
    Company's plane, Golden Shell, she
    left Cloncurry at 6 a.m. She is leav-
    ing for Charleville this afternoon,
    and will stayt there to-night. She
    expects to reach Sydney on Sunday,
    and intends staying there one or two
    days before proceeding to Melbourne.

    CHARLEVILLE. November 16.
    Miss Thompson arrived here about 6 p.m.
  40. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954)
    Saturday 17 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON'S FLIGHT

    BRISBANE, Nov. 16. - Miss Freda
    Thompson, the Australian airwoman who
    reached Darwin on a solo flight from
    England on November 6, arrived in Carle-
    ville on her way to Sydney at 6 o'clock,
    having spent about two hours in Long-
    reach. She said she had experienced
    head winds. She will stop overnight, and
    will leave for Sydney tomorrow morning.
  41. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902-1954)
    Sunday 18 November 1934

    MISS THOMPSON'S PROGRESS
    Arrival in Sydney To-day


    SYDNEY, Saturday
    Miss Freda Thompson, who is flying
    solo from England, expects to reach
    Sydney tomorrow afternoon.
  42. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954)
    Monday 19 November 1934

    FREDA THOMPSON
    Stay at Cootamundra


    COOTAMUNDRA, Sunday.
    Miss Freda Thompson, who is flying from
    England to Melbourne, arrived here at 4.30
    o'clock this faternoon, accompanied by Flying-
    officer Owen. She will remain here for the
    aerial pageant and Aero Club ball tomorrow,
    and will leave for Melbourne on Tuesday.

    Miss Thompson said she had enjoyed her
    flight immensely. She had not hurried over
    the trip, and had receieved kind attention
    everywhere she satyed.
  43. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Advertiser (Adealide, SA : 1931-1954)
    Monday 19 November 1934

    Miss Freda Thompson at Cootamundra

    SYDNEY, November 18
    Miss Freda Thompson, who is flying
    from England to Melbourne, arrived at
    Cootamundra at 4.30 p.m. today, ac-
    companied by Flying-Officer Owen.
    She will remain there for the aerial
    pageant and Aero Club ball tomorrow,
    and will leave for Melbourne on Tues-
    day.

    Miss Thompson said that she had
    enjoyed her flight immenseley. She
    had not hurried over the trip and had
    received kind attention everywher
    she stayed.
  44. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Townsville Daily Bulletin (QLD.: 1885-1954)
    Tuesday 20 November 1934

    MISS FREDA THOMPSON
    Now at Cootamundra


    SYDNEY, November 19.
    Miss Freda Thompson, who is fly-
    ing from England to Melbourne, arriv-
    ed at Cootamundra at 4.30 o'clock, on
    Saturday afternoon. She remained
    there for the aerial pageant and the
    Aero Club Ball, and will leave for
    Melbourne on Tuesday.

    Miss Thompson said she had en-
    joyed her flight immensely. She had
    not hurried over the trip, and had
    received kind attention everywhere
    she had stayed.
  45. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954)
    Wednesday 21 November 1934

    FREDA THOMPSON

    End of a Long Flight


    Miss Freda Thompson, the first Australian
    woman to fly from England to Australia, ar-
    rived at Mascot aerodrome shortly after 1 p.m.
    yesterday in her Gypsy Moth machine. She
    was led by pilot Harold Owen, of the Shell
    Company, in the 'plane Golden Shell.

    Miss Thompson, an interview with whom is
    published in the women's column, may remain
    in Sydney for more than a week, and may
    visit the aerial pageant at Newcastle on De-
    cember 1.

    Miss Thompson lives at South Yarra, Mel-
    bourne. She is a member of the Aero Club
    of Victoria, and has participated in many
    pageants and won a number of trophies. She
    went to London with the intention of flying
    back to Australia. When she arraived yerster-
    day she was wearing the badges of the aero
    clubs or aerodromes at London, Romana
    (France), Bourke, Narromine, and Cootamun-
    dra.

    Miss Thompson left London on September
    28, and arrived in Darwin on November 6.
    She was delayed for three weeks at Athens,
    where the plane struck a tree in an olive-
    grove near Megara.

    Pilot Harold Owen, of the Shell Company,
    siad Miss Thompson was a capable flier.

    Miss Thompson and Pilot Owen were met by
    officials of the Shell Co., and later had lunch
    at the Aero Club rooms at Mascot.
  46. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Argus (Melbourne, VIC.: 1848-1954)
    Friday 7 December 1934

    AIRWOMAN HOME AGAIN

    Miss Freda Thompson Reaches Essendon


    Escorted by eight aeroplanes, Miss
    Freda Thompson, who left Lympne Aero-
    drome, Kent, England, on a flight to Aus-
    tralia on September 28, arrived at Essen-
    don aerodrome at 6.20p.m. yesterday from
    Sydney. While in ENgland she bought
    a new De Havilland Gipsy Moth Major
    aeroplane, which is a later model machine
    than the aeroplane in general use by the
    Victorian Aero Club, of which Miss
    Thompson is a member.

    Miss Thompson's machine was severely
    damaged when she was overtaken by
    darkness and was forced to land at Me-
    gara, about 40 miles from Athens. She
    had to remain in Greec until a new Pro-
    peller was sent from England. Over the
    desert from Damascus she was escorted
    by six military machines. Miss Thomp-
    son said that she might make another
    long flight before he machine became too
    old.

    Dr. Hugh G. Mitchell, on behalf of the
    Aero Club, welcomed Miss Thompson, and
    said that she was the only woman flying
    instructor in Australasia. TheAero
    Club was proud of her.
  47. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954)
    Friday 7 December 1934

    MISS THOMPSON
    Flight to Melbourne


    MELBOURNE, Thursday
    Escorted by eight aeroplanes, Miss Freda
    Thompson, who left Lympe Aerodrome on Septem-
    ber 28, arrived at Essendon aerodrome at 6.30
    p.m. to-day, from Sydney.
  48. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Car Accident Notice

    The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, QLD.: 1933-1954)
    Saturday 6 November 1937

    Miss Freda Thompson in Car Smash

    SYDNEY, Friday.
    Miss Feda Thompson, the well-
    known Melbourne airwoman, was in-
    jured in a motor car accident about
    four miles from Wagga while travel-
    ling from Sydney to Melbourne to-
    day. She suffered a sever wound to
    the head and shock.
  49. [S485] TROVE Australia, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/, Car Accident Notice

    Northern Standard (Darwin, NT : 1921-1955)
    Friday 12 November 1937

    MISS FREDA THOMPSON IN CAR SMASH

    Sydney, November 11.
    Miss Freda Thompson, the well-
    known Melbourne airwoman, was in-
    jured in a motor car accidebt about
    four miles from Wagga while tra-
    velling from Sydney to Melbourne.
    She suffered a severe wound to the
    head and shock.
  50. [S167] Australian Women, online http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/honours/obec.html, Thompson, Freda (1906 - 1980)
    OBE

    Aviator
    Born: 5 April 1906 South Yarra, Victoria, Australia. Died: 11 December 1980.
    Freda Thompson, a pioneer aviator, was the first Australian woman to fly solo from the United Kingdom to Australia. She completed the journey in a Gypsy Moth Major in 39 days flying time. After qualifying for her private pilot licence in 1930 and her commercial licence two years later in 1932, she became the first woman instructor in the British Empire on gaining her instructor rating in 1933. Finally, in 1934 she obtained the Great Britain Air Ministry Private Pilot Certificate, which enabled her to 'fly all types of machines'. During the 1930s she became the first woman president of the Royal Victorian Aero Club and was made a life member in 1941. She was a foundation member of the Australian Women Pilots' Association. Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1972 for services to aviation.
    Sources used to compile this entry: Women shaping the nation, p.243.