Henry Francis Wigram (1857 – 1934)

Henry Francis Wigram (1857 – 1934)        Died of old age     Place of Death: Christchurch * The Father of Aviation in New Zealand. Buried at the St Peter’s Anglican Cemetery, Church Corner, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch. The story of Henry Francis Wigram: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/wigram-henry-francis-wigram-1857-1934/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

The Canterbury Aviation Company Was Founded – 20th September 1916

On 20 September 1916, the Canterbury Aviation Company was founded by Sir Henry Francis Wigram – Christchurch’s 25th Mayor (1902 -1904). It was a return trip to England in 1908 that changed his life forever. He saw his first plane. Upon his return, he approached the government about the great need to introduce aviation to …