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Album 52: Photographs of the Allen family, November - December, 1909November - December, 1909


In December 1909, Colin Defries attempted to become airborne at Victoria Park Raceway using an imported Wright Biplane and a Bleriot. Wright Biplane: 4 Dec, three abortive attempts, damaging the undercarriage; 9 Dec, flew 100m. Bleriot: 18 Dec, gained a height of 5M, but crashed, ending his efforts.