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Older and bolder: an inspirational career

Ex-pilot and aircraft electrician Anne Lewis talks to Regional Voices about being the first female pilot in the Australian Aerial Medical Service, meeting the Queen and what it’s like to be a pioneering woman.

Born in Adelaide in 1926, Anne Lewis was born in an era where she herself says women were relegated to the kitchen. Her father, who was a pilot with the Australian Flying Corps in World War I, “tolerated” her chosen occupation, and employed her once she got her commercial licence.

Even by today’s standards, Anne Lewis has had an extraordinary life.

At 18 she joined the Women’s Royal Australian Airforce and spent two years as an aircraft electrician before obtaining her commercial licence.

Why do something you’re not keen on? … You need to be contented not resentful.
Anne Lewis

Having travelled to the UK, Tokyo, Caribbean, Nova Scotia, Iceland, to name a few, Anne has had her fill of hair-raising adventures and peculiar jobs.

Now 90 and living in Burnie, Tasmania, she is still actively involved with the local aeroclub, including regular jaunts in a plane.

Listen to this fascinating interview which ends with some very sound advice for all of us.

Anne Lewis forged a career that was worlds away from the paths most other women were on
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