Died: 1951Special Achievements:
Flew with Florence Taylor, the first woman in Australia to fly a heavier-than-air machine, who took off from the Narrabeen sandhills near Sydney in a glider on 5 December 1909. They managed to cover a distance of 30 metres, about 1-5 metres off the ground.
Robert Whitelaw cautioned that the focus of his research was the D.H. Lawrence side of things, rather than Emma Schultz about whom not a lot of detail was readily available.
Robert observed from his research that:
- Emma appears to have had wealth (in her own right or through her husband) and to have developed a good part of modern-day Naremburn in the early 1900s.
- The large family house was in Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove and the Narrabeen property was a (then remote) beachside bungalow for weekends and holidays with their sons.
- She was an essential part of the 1909 first flight experiments organizing accommodation, meals and storage for the team of flight enthusiasts and trades suppor. It was said that she and her local staff could cater for 40 people without difficulty.
- She obviously had a strong character and became a life-long friend of Florence Taylor who was Australia’s first female architect and the first woman to fly. Florence did not suffer fools nor the shy. Emma was the second woman to fly --- the same afternoon as Florence.
- There are no photographs of Emma immediately to hand, although there are box brownie shots of the glider flights available on the web.
Provided 8 May 2020.