Visit to Airfield by The Honourable Kim Beazley A.C.
How fortunate were we to have The Right Honourable Kim Beazley A.C. pay a visit to the Northam Aero Club?
The visit was planned as an opportunity for the Governor of WA to view the Northam region from the air. Unfortunately, the flight was cancelled as Mr. Beazley was to return to Perth at the last minute and called in as a courtesy to us as we had not been advised. The following people were in attendance for Mr Beazleys visit, Errol Croft, Murray Bow, Gren Putland, Claude Meunier, Denis Beresford, Dave Beech, Susan Eldridge, Heather Deegan, Kate from the Visitors Centre in Northam, Kelly Prindiville, and three officials from Government House.
Because of his interest in flight, and the world circumnavigation that Claude had been involved in, Mr. Beazley discussed the trip with Claude and the wall chart that is hanging at the Aero Club. Gren showed Mr. Beazley around the Club house and advised him of the handover to the Shire which took place 30 years ago after the Aero Club members had built the Airfield and Clubhouse. Errol presented our recently published 50th Anniversary Book to Mr. Beazley.
Mr. Beazley presented everyone in attendance with a Government House medallion. The Governor spoke of the likelihood of more Ballooning events that may be held at Northam and advised us of his interest in being included if requested.
Errol Croft, President of Northam Aero Club and Kim Beazley pose for the Camera beside the club monument.
Denis Beresford, Pilot and member of the Northam Aero Club, shares a story with Kim Beazley, Governor of WA.
Kim Beazley and Claude Meunier discuss the chart depicting the round the world trip undtaken by Claude.
Kim Beazley and Claude Meunier in front of Claude's Aerostar
used for his solo flight around the World.
Letter from His Excellency the Governor of Western Australia: