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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Amelia Earhart Monument

Summary

Type Shaft

     Tall stone monument set on two concrete steps. Topped by metal weathervane with plane. Lower part of monument has four lion heads at each corner over four small basins but not in working condition. Relief stone wreath towards top of obelisk.
     The monument was unveiled in August 1930 by Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown who with Sir John Alcock accomplished the first aerial crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in June 1919.
     Amelia Earhart (1898-1937) was born in Atchison, Kansas. She worked as a military nurse in Canada during the Great War and later as a social worker in Boston. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic (as a passenger) in 1928 and made the solo journey in 1932. She took an active part in efforts to open aviation to women. She set out in 1937 to fly around the world and after completing more than two-thirds of the distance, her plane vanished in the South Pacific.

Inscriptions

Incised on inset marble tablet on lower front of monument: ERECTED / IN COMMEMORATION OF / MISS AMELIA EARHART, OF BOSTON, U.S.A. / THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY ACROSS / THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, / WHO, WITH HER COMPANIONS, / WILMUR STULTZ & LOUIS CORDON, / FLEW FROM TREPASSEY, NEWFOUNDLAND, / TO BURRY PORT IN 20 HRS 49 MINUTES / IN THE SEAPLANE NAMED "FRIENDSHIP" / ON JUNE 18TH 1928.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Stone 610cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CARMARTH011 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road Stepney Road
Precise location Roadside near junction with Snowdon Road
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1928-30
Year of unveiling 1930
Unveiling details 8 August 1930
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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