Ronald Lloyd Lewis : A Magnificent Man and his Flying Machine


Ronald Lewis and his replica of the Duigan Pusher Biplane of 1910

Photo by Janine Eastgate, courtesy of Ronald Lewis' daughter Carol Schultz

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This page salutes Ronald Lloyd Lewis (1919-1995) and documents the creation of his replica of the Duigan Pusher Biplane of 1910, the first all-Australian built aircraft in Australian skies.

The replica, which took some eight years to build, is registered, has a permit to fly and is certified by CASA, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority was recently donated to Museum Victoria by Ronald Lewis' daughters Carol Schultz and Larraine Parkinson (now living in New Zealand), as a permanent and living tribute to their father.

The replica now hangs in pride of place in the Grande Galleria of the new Melbourne Museum

To celebrate this most wonderful recreation, a photo album documenting the construction of the replica is also available on this site

Darren Schultz as a footnote, Ronald's grandson, Darren Schultz, passed away in 2000. A memory page has been placed on this site for Darren's family. I guess Darren and his grandpa are now flying together, once again.(Ed.)

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