The First

Walsh Brothers Pioneer Aviation in New Zealand

Author Terry Moyle and illustrator Rosie Louise spoke at Remuera Library on the 12th March 2020 on the historic events and people behind New Zealand’s first successful aeroplane flights.

In their book The First they have undertaken extensive research that provides insight into Remuera’s Walsh Brothers, Leo, Vivian and their sisters Doreen and Veronica, and other Edwardian pioneering men and women, such as aviator pioneers Jean Batten and the Henning brothers of Remuera.

The book also covers radio pioneer Aunt Daisy and Evelyn Purchas, likely the first New Zealand woman in active service to lose her life in World War One. The First addresses tobacco cultivation and manufacturing in the 1870’s, the Victorian bicycle craze, the first motorcars, the Glenora Park Flights and the upheaval of war then its aftermath when aeroplane flight would be experienced by ordinary New Zealanders.

NewstalkZB interview 

You can buy a copy of the book by contacting Terry Moyle at