'Hustling Hinkler' was an early Australian aviator. He was born in Bundaberg, Queensland, on 8 December 1892. He showed enthusiasm for flying from an early age, and at 22 travelled to England to work for an aircraft factory. Two years later World War I broke out, and Hinkler joined the new Royal Naval Air Force as a mechanic. He later realised his ambition to become a pilot. His daring earned him a bravery award for an action over Germany, and his flying exploits were reknowned.

In 1928 he flew from London to Darwin in 16 days, and a medal was issued to commemorate the event (NU 33125, etc).

Hinkler was killed in a plane crash in Tuscany, Italy, on a flight from England to Australia on 7 January 1933.

Carlisle, L.J. (1983). Australian Commemorative Medals and Medalets from 1788, p.149.

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