Temora Aviation Museum President and Founder David Lowy AM flew the Museum’s Ryan STM from Wagga Wagga to Temora this morning with a special bag of mail, to celebrate the Centenary of Powered Flight in Australia with the launch of a series of three new aviation-themed postage stamps from Australia Post.

The Centenary of Powered Flight stamp issue, which commemorates the efforts of three notable aviators, Colin Defries, John Duigan, and escape artist Harry Houdini, aims to recognise the pioneers of aviation in Australia who helped shape the way in which mail was delivered in this country.

The day began with David displaying enlarged versions of the stamps in front of the Ryan in Wagga Wagga. After receiving his mail delivery he then departed Wagga in the Ryan and headed for Temora. The aircraft’s arrival at the Museum was witnessed by many visitors, who turned out especially for the occasion. David said a few words to those assembled, followed by the Mayor of Temora Peter Speirs. The mailbag was then handed over to the rider of a vintage postie bike for its journey to the local post office.