Beryl Markham’s Great Adventure: Abingdon to Baleine, September 5, 1936 –(Louisbourg Heritage Notes 11) Charles A. Burke (Edited by Bill O’Shea)

Beryl Markham’s Great Adventure: Abingdon to Baleine, September 5, 1936 (Louisbourg Heritage Notes 11)

Charles A. Burke (Edited by Bill O’Shea)

In West With the Night, Beryl Markham described her Kenyan childhood and subsequent career as a bust-pilot, big game spotter, horse breeder and successful transatlantic flyer. The book enjoyed immense popularity, but despite praise for one of the century’s most remarkable persons, her deeds were forgotten. Except in Cape Breton where, for a for a brief period in 1936, this fearless pioneer aviator put Cape Breton in the news, and allowed the people of Baleine to witness her aerial conquest of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Read more by downloading the PDF version of Heritage Notes #11:

Beryl Markham (photo source – Britannica.com)

The writer / editor:

William A. O’Shea was a researcher, historian, and manager for Parks Canada / Heritage Canada. His professional life was dedicated to learning more about and teaching Canada about the history of our country. One of his personal passions has always been to learn more about local histories and share them with the broader community. He was a founding member of the Louisbourg Heritage Society, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Louisbourg (Nova Scotia) and wrote many books and articles about the town of Louisbourg and the surrounding area. He called Louisbourg home for more than 30 years. Until his passing on October 14th, 2019, he resided in Cornwall, Ontario near his home town of Long Sault, Ontario. 

William A. O’Shea (Bill O’Shea) explaining the history of St. Rafael’s Ruins to Mai O’Shea in Glengarry, Ontario.

This site is maintained by Kevin O’Shea (O’Shea Archives founder).

Contact Kevin (email): makingbetterteachers@gmail.com

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