John Duigan
Captain John R. Duigan, MC. AFC, c.1918
Image: Duigan Family Archives
Courtesy of Dr. Russell Naughton

     If you search for "John Duigan" +aviation, using the Google search engine, (10-12-05), you will find displayed about 657 links!~ Most of them lead to relevant websites, but perhaps the two following are the most helpful.

John Robertson Duigan
Reginald Charles Duigan

Australian Aviation Pioneers 1909 - 1903
      On this page of the Hargrave website, Dr. Russell Naughton offers his usual comprehensive revue of the relevant websites which feature the life and career of the Duigan brothers. A visit to this website will enable you to visit most of the existing sites which are available online. You can access the file by clicking on the title above.

Plane truth
An Indian flew just nine years after the Wright brothers did
By N. Bhanutej & R. Prasannan
     You will find this outstanding article on the website of India's No. 1 Weekly Newsmagazine, THE WEEK. (10-12-05) You may want to use the FIND function on "Setty" to locate it on the page. The lead paragraph is as follows:

     "The first Indian to fly an aircraft did it in just nine years of the Wright brothers taking to the air. In 1912, S.V. Setty not only rebuilt, after his own design, an aircraft built by A.V. Roe & Co. of Manchester, but also flew it. Later when he wanted to build a plane in India, he was told not to."

     His role in the successful production of a plane for the pioneering Australian aviator, John Duigan, is also revued.You can read the rest of this fascinating and informative story by clicking on the title above.

John Duigan died in 1951
from Hargrave

Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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