Butler’s Farm via Minlaton, Harry Butler Centenary Celebrations

Captain Harry Butler Centenary

3-4 August, 2019

Celebrate 100 years since Harry Butler flew over water to deliver the mail to Minlaton. Yorke Peninsula.

Save the date: 3 – 4 August, 2019, Minlaton, Yorke Peninsula, SA

Below is a rough program for the Captain Harry Butler 100 year celebrations. I believe the RAAF Roulettes have been booked. I will update this as advice comes to hand. There will be souvenir envelopes available for purchase to commemorates the historic mail drop. If you are interested in an envelope, please see Les.

I have put this weekend up as a trip at the farm; you can come over on the Friday and back on the Monday.

Saturday, 3 August, 2019
All day events around the town including market stalls in the Main St.
2.30pm: unveiling of the interpretive sign at the crash site.
8.00pm: celebrations at Minlaton Town Hall

Sunday, 4 August, 2019
Minlaton Oval from 10.30am: Mail drop, flyovers, model and vintage aircraft. Glider and aerobatic displays, stalls and food stands. Kite making and flying for the kids. Come celebrate the history of aviation in our corner of the world.
100 years ago, on August 6th, Harry Butler (my great-uncle) made the first flight over water in the southern hemisphere, to deliver airmail to Minlaton. It was a major event at the time.

Let me share from ‘The Harry Butler Story,’
‘’Alarm for his safety was mounting when at last he approached the 20 hectare paddock which was to serve as his landing ground at Minlaton. Below him was spread a crowd of some 6,000 people, most of whom had never seen a plane before – some reputed to be standing on the roof of their house to get a look as he flew by. But now Harry Butler was home and this was his day. From 2500m in the air he rolled the plane gently on it side, side-slipped a little and then came down in a screaming nose dive.”
Harry, somewhat of a larrikin, was well known for his aerobatic antics. He was born to fly. He joined the Royal Flying Corps and though his talents were used as an instructor, he took every available opportunity to fly.
He brought back to South Australia civil aviation.

Check out this website, and come join us to celebrate this amazing historic feat: https://harrybutlerscentenary.wordpress.com

Les and Eileen Butler

Meet at: Butler’s Farm. Maps available from Les and Eileen.D

Notes:  Long drop on site; camping in scrub. Dogs allowed on lead. No firewood required. Bring all other supplies. This is a R&R weekend.

We will use the Butler family farm as a base camp for this member event and travel to nearby areas for the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Air Mail Postal Service

Accommodation: Tent, swag, camper trailers and caravans welcome

Cost: Free, fuel & personal costs only

Distance: Minlaton is approximately 200km from Adelaide, on the Yorke Peninsula

Restrictions: No Pets or  firearms (we will be staying on a working sheep station)

Trip Leaders: Les & Eileen