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Mary (Lady) Westenra

Female 1890 - 1960  (70 years)

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  • Name Mary (Lady) Westenra 
    Born 1890 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1960 
    • Lady Mary Bailey, one of the wives of Sir Abe, was a pilot who, after receiving her pilot's license in 1927, flew solo from Croydon to Cape Town

      Lady Mary Bailey

      Daughter of Derry Westenra, the fifth Baron Rossmore of Rossmore Castle, Co. Monaghan she married the South African millionaire Abe Bailey in 1911.

      Awarded her pilot's licence in 1927, she was the first woman to fly across the Irish Sea.

      In 1928 when she was 38 years old, with 5 children, she made an epic solo flight from Croydon to Cape Town and back. She saw this act as a gesture of female independence and of faith in light aircraft.

      She also flew in many international competitions, and was awarded the Britannia Trophy and created DBE in 1930.
    Person ID I3280  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 2 April 2005 

    Father Derrick Warner William (Derry) Westenra 
    Mother Mittie Naylor 
    Married 1911 
    Family ID F1383  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Abraham (Sir Abe) Bailey,   b. 6 November 1864, Cradock, Cape Province, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 August 1940, Muizenberg, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 5 September 1911 
     1. Mittie Mary Starr Bailey,   b. 1 August 1913,   d. 10 April 1961  (Age 47 years)
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    Family ID F1380  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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