In celebration of Girls in Aviation Day, Aviation Lecturer Natasha Heap introduces Ivy May Pearce. Ivy was was one of five female pilots, and the youngest entrant overall, to compete in the Brisbane to Adelaide Centenary Air Race held in 1936.
Ivy was an Ipswich girl who attended St Columba’s Convent in Dalby before completing her schooling at All Hallows in Brisbane, and learning to fly at Archerfield.
Once she finished her flying career, Ivy ran the Railway Hotel in Toowoomba and later in life, moved to the Gold Coast and became interested in fashion, establishing several boutiques and travelling internationally with her designs.
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