Australian aviator Bert Hinkler had this detached house built in the 1920s on what was then an isolated plot of land in Thornhill. The name ‘Mon Repos’ commemorated the beach in his home town of Bundaberg, Queensland. After World War Two the area was developed and the Hinkler’s house was surrounded by other houses and became 29 Lydgate Road. Hinkler died in 1933 and his widow sold the house in 1952. In 1982 after the City Council’s proposal to demolish the house and build a block of flats, a group of Australian aviation enthusiasts arranged for the house to be taken down brick by brick and re-erected in Bundaberg to serve as a Hinkler museum.

Mon Repos

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Photograph, 1941

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