By all means go to the website and read the synopsis. It has many photos to scroll through. His name and fame has been written about over the years as I recall, but I did not know about the sudden quit in 1947 to grow tomatoes.
What some people don't know is that they don't know enough to know that they don't know anything
Post by planewriting on Jun 13, 2019 22:24:08 GMT 12
I have been in email contact with Mary Garden today and am pleased to say that she is planning a book launch at Classic Flyers, probably late July.
Once I have the details I will add them to this thread. Her father and mine had similar flying careers - both starting on Gipsy Moths and finishing on airline flying boats. What they had particularly in common was that my father started his flying lessons on Gipsy Moth ZK-ACK and later as NZ510, which is the same aircraft her father, Oscar Garden, flew as G-AASA from England to Australia in 1930.
Hi everyone, Mary here. My book will be launched at Classic Flyers Aviation Museum in Tauranga on Sunday 11th August at 2pm. Bookings essential via me at email@example.com or Gillian MacColl firstname.lastname@example.org The book is available from bookshops or direct from me for $35 including postage. (Gillian will post as I am in Australia.). I will have a flyer for the launch ready in a few days.
I tried to insert a photo of the full cover but with no luck. There was also an excerpt published in the Weekend Australian Magazine of our national newspaper. I might email Dave to share. And Maurice Gee's long review should be published soon, perhaps in New Zealand Herald. (Maurice married my father's first daughter, Margareta - so, my half-sister.)
Mary says: "It is behind a paywall so my cousin has cut and pasted it below. A few mistakes in it. Dad left aviation in 1947; I was born in Whakatane and my father grew tomatoes; he was not a vegetable farmer! "
Graeme Hoete, or Mr G, is creating a portrait of Kiwi aviation legend, Oscar Garden. Photo / George Novak
By: Jean Bell email@example.com bay_times
One of Tauranga's favourite artists will create a huge life-like tribute to honour a local aviation hero, thanks to a turn of serendipitous events.
Graeme Hoete, or Mr G, is creating a circular 2m wide portrait of the late Oscar Garden, the first New Zealander to fly from England to Australia.
Garden made the historic journey in a tiny Gipsy Moth aeroplane named Kia Ora in 1930, aged 27. He died in 1997 but lived for some time in Tauranga as a vegetable farmer.
Now, Mr G will create a portrait of the aviation hero for Tauranga Airport's new terminal.
"I love using my art to tell those stories."
"I say no to a lot of projects and I only take on projects that I feel guided to take on."
In April, Mr G said the airport invited him to paint something for the freshly upgraded airport.
There was a bit of "humming and ha-ing" about the different possible concepts that the painting could follow, but Mr G said nothing stood out to him and he decided to shelve working on the idea until a good idea popped up.
But in a turn of a coincidence that might only be called fate, a family friend who had a connection to Garden came knocking on Mr G's door asking if he would be interested in doing an art piece on the pilot.
They met up at a cafe where the family friend told Mr G "the guts of it" and Mr G was immediately on board.
"I said, 'I know the perfect place for it,'" Mr G said.
"There's an epic story there and it connects to aviation."
Aside from the meticulously spray-painted art piece, Mr G will carve a frame out of wood for the tribute portrait.
"The portrait is to represent someone and the frame is just as much a part of it as the painting," he said.
Mr G, who was in Edinburgh last year, said he would work small parts of Garden's Scottish heritage into the painting in the frame.
"I'll incorporate little things that connect to his heritage."
The unveiling will coincide with Garden's daughter launching a book, Sundowner of the Skies, she has written about his life.
Tauranga-born Mary Garden will travel from Australia for the launch and unveiling on August 11.
She believes there is no better place for the tribute to be placed and anticipates the ceremony will be an emotional affair.
"I'm going to be in tears."
She said the book revealed the "warts and all" of her father's story. After quitting the aviation industry in 1953, he moved to Tauranga to be a tomato grower where he stayed for 25 years.
"He was a perfectionist and I was told he grew tomatoes like he flew planes," she said.
"He was one of the few that survived that kind of flight because of it."