City of Blacktown Girls Squadron
History of Blacktown Girls Squadron, Australian Air League.
2007 Australian Air League ©
Mrs. Partridge - 1960's
Mrs. Ellis - 1960's
Mrs. Kilpatrick - 1970's
E. Edwards - 1970's
Noelene Mann - 1979
Mrs. M. Gosper - 1985
Mrs. M. Grinter - 1985 - 1996
Mrs. P. Gledhill - 1996 - 1997
(in recess till 2006)
Mrs. D. Brown - 2006 - 2007
Mrs. S. Barnes - 2007 -
The City of Blacktown Girls' Squadron (previously Blacktown Girl's Squadron) is one
of the oldest girls Squadrons in the Australian Air League. The Squadron is based
at the L.H. Erwin Memorial Hall, 93 Kildare Rd, Blacktown. Weekly parades nights
are held on Thursday evening from 1900hrs to 2100hrs (7:00pm to 9:00pm).
The squadron reopened in 2006 after in was put into recess in 1997.
City of Blacktown Squadron is a part of Nancy Bird Wing, which covers Western Sydney
and includes Squadrons at Penrith, Camden, Milton Ulladulla and the country Squadron of Cowra.
The Wing is named after Nancy Bird-Walton, O.B.E (1915-).Nancy Bird Walton the famous woman aviator.
Nancy Bird-Walton was the founder of the Australian Women Pilots' Association, which was the
starting block for a proud generation of female pilots, who now fly alongside men in Australia's skies
Australian Air League
The Australian Air League is a national youth organisation that has, as it's prime goal
the encouragement of an interest in aviation as a career or as a hobby for the youth of
Australia. The organisation is entirely self-funding and is staffed by volunteers who give
their time generously to achieve its goals. To learn more about the Australian Air League,
you can visit the official website at www.airleague.com.au
Air League cadets take part in a wide variety of interesting and exciting activities.
These include flying in powered aircraft and gliders, camping, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award,
building and flying model aircraft, and physical sports and athletics. Through classes and
practical demonstration they learn the theory of aviation and a wide range of associated topics
such as Meteorology, Navigation, Aircraft Construction, Radio Communications, Aero Engines
and Instruments, and Space Flight.
Cadets also learn drill and ceremonial parade work, which instills discipline and provides
competitive field competitions. They regularly take part in parades such as ANZAC Day,
Remembrance Day and local festivals.
The Australian Air League is open to boys and girls aged 8 through to 18. You're welcome
to come along on a Thursday night to look around and see what we do. City of Blacktown Boys Squadron
also meets on Friday nights.