Bert Hinkler built a modest detached house on Thornhill Estate in Southampton, England in 1925. He named the home “Mon Repos” to celebrate the beachside location of the same name in his Australian hometown of Bundaberg where he had fuelled his love of flight.
Following Bert’s untimely death in 1933 the home eventually became the property of the Southampton City Council and was ultimately threatened with demolition.
In 1983 the Hinkler House Memorial Museum & Research Association was formed to oversee the relocation of Bert’s home from Southampton back to Bert’s birthplace of Bundaberg, Australia. In May and June of 1983, the house was painstakingly dismantled brick-by-brick, carefully catelogued and transported to Bundaberg and rebuilt as a memorial museum to honour the deeds of Bert Hinkler.
Self-guided tours of Hinkler House are included in the price of admission to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.
For more information on Hinkler House visit www.hinklerresearch.org.au.