Harry Houdini - Escape Artist and Aviator
Harry Houdini's grand illusions and spectacular escape acts made him one of the most famous magicians of all time. But it is a little known fact that Houdini's wealth allowed him to indulge in other passions, such as aviation. In 1910, Harry Houdini shipped his Voisin Biplane out to Australia and on March 18, he made three flights at Diggers Rest, near Melbourne before a crowd of 120 spectators. His longest flight was three and a half minutes covering 3.2 kilometres. It was reported at the time that this was the first aerial flight in Australia but this remains in doubt. Australia Post released the 'Centenary of Powered Flight' stamp set in 2010, commemorating three great pioneers of Australian aviation which included Harry Houdini. Find this cache to see what the stamp looked like, and view pictures of his first flight.
Air Scouts Canberra
A year before Houdini’s death in 1926, 2nd Canberra Scout Group (now Air Scouts Canberra) was born and in 1931, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement would visit Canberra in person and visited the 2nd Canberra Scout hall, then located in Barton. In 2003, two Scout groups were joined and renamed Air Scouts Canberra. Air Scouts aged 6yo+ meet here at Latrobe Park in Deakin and have a love of aviation, adventure and the great outdoors. Geocaching is just one of the many fun activities we get up to! For more visit www.airscouts.com.au.