Legends of the Skies comes to Moorabbin Airport

April 24, 2013 by  

When Mordialloc resident Maggie Morrison discovered her land was formerly the home of pioneering pilot Gertrude McKenzie, her interest was piqued. Her journey of discovery has now been transformed into 'Legends of the Skies', a 90 minute performance held at the Moorabbin Airport Australian National Aviation Museum.

Morrison had no prior inclination to learn about aircraft or war. Her initial interest was sparked by a fascination about the courageous life of McKenzie. It was then she began her quest to learn more about Australia’s aviation history. Fellow writers Jim Williams and Cheryl Threadgold also became inspired.

Morrison said:

“I just thought it would be a great tribute to this woman who was an amazing pioneer and who had to fight a hard battle just to be allowed to fly.”

The project has since blossomed into an historic dramatic re-enactment, complete with an original music score, a team of actors, costumes, and a stage manager. The performance will involve the audience by moving through the museum to experience the different scenes, which include both war and peace time initiatives.

Legends of the Skies is also an opportunity to promote the tireless work of Moorabbin Airport exhibition volunteers. Aircraft and war memorabilia has become increasingly popular for collectors. Moorabbin printing services invite aircraft hobbyists to preserve their memorabilia collection with print company expertise, for the benefit of future generations.

Legends of the Skies runs until April 27. Tickets are $20. For more details, call 9580 2387 or 9589 4912.

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