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Jean Batten

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Anthony Stones

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Bronze statue of Batten waving with her right arm and holding flowers in her left.


this memorial to
was unveiled by
his excellency the most reverend
sir paul reeves, gcmg, gcvo, oso,
governor-general of new zealand
on 5 october 1989
the principal financial sponsors of the statue were:

air new zealand ltd
auckland international airport ltd
bitumix ltd
challenge properties ltd
coopers & lybrand
downer & co ltd
hawkins construction ltd
lion nathan ltd
mcdonalds system of nz ltd
newmans group of companies:
    newmans coachlines
    newmans tours
    atlantic & pacific travel group
    horizon holidays
    go international travel group
nz lottery board
nissan datsun holdings
telecom (ak) ltd

barry curtis
mayor or manukau
chairman, jean batten memorial trust
sculptor: anthony stones

Next to this, there are two marble plates with the texts:


new zealand's most
famous aviatrix

the first person to
fly solo from england
to new zealand. she left
england on 5 october
and landed here at mangere
11 days later on 16 october 1936.

"i was destined to be a wanderer…
i seemed born to travel…
in flying i found… speed and freedom
to roam the earth."

jean batten


Stones '88


Manukau City - Jean Batten

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Item Code: nz007; Photograph: 2 February 2008
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