The 8th Lawrence Hargrave Memorial Kite Day for public schools is on Wednesday the 12th of November, 2014.
When Lawrence Hargrave was lifted 16 feet in the air by four box-kites he became the first man in history to achieve heavier that air vertical lift off. It was the 12th of November, 1894 at beautiful Stanwell Park Beach and it was one of the most significant break throughs in the development of the airplane.On the 120th Anniversary of this event, hundreds of school children will participate in a Living lesson and will colour the skies with hundreds of kites as a spectacular tribute to Lawrence Hargrave. Because Stanwell Park is one of the most picturesque locations on the Australian coastline, when the kites are added the site of Historical Aircraft flying overhead, a vision will be created that will never be forgotten by all those who witness or participate in it.
The 8th Lawrence Hargrave Memorial Kite Day is a NSW Department of Education and Communities event that brings 1000 Illawarra primary school students together at Stanwell Park to celebrate the achievements of Australian aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave.
The Kite Day commences at 11.00am with an official ceremony in Stanwell Park Picnic area. The Lawrence Hargrave Day Flag will be delivered by Sky Dive the Beach Sydney from 14,000 feet. At 12.30 the students move onto Stanwell Park Beach to fly their kites. At 1.00pm the Histrorical Aircraft Restoration Society from Albion Park will stage the Lawrence Hargrave-Eric Waite Memorial Fly Over in the skiies over Stanwell Park. Several Historical Aircraft including HARS flagship the Super Constellation,”Connie” will participate in the Fly Over.
Kite Day is sponsored and supported by The NSW Teachers Federation, Wollongong City Council, The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, The Lawrence Hargrave Centre Inc and SkyDive the Beach Sydney.