Harry Hartwig was one of the visionaries who brought MAF in Australia into existence, and was MAF Australia’s first field pilot in 1951.
In his memory, the Harry Hartwig Fellowship was formed as a commitment to those who leave a bequest to MAF.
About Harry’s life
Harry surveyed much of northern Australia and Papua New Guinea to find the most suitable site for the commencement of flying operations. After an exhaustive search, he finally chose Madang on the north coast of PNG.Sadly, he was killed in an aircraft accident just three months later. By God’s grace, others have continued the work that remains true to Harry’s original vision 60 years ago.Learn more about our history here.
Harry Hartwig Fellowship formed
To recognise the commitment of our bequestors, the Harry Hartwig Fellowship has been formed. The Fellowship’s first official function was the Harry Hartwig Dinner, which was held at Bankstown Airport on 7 May 2011, celebrating to the very day, 60 years of MAF service in PNG.
On this important occasion, Mrs Margaret Baldock, Harry’s widow, was on hand to officially launch the Fellowship. Just metres away, in April 1951, Harry’s Auster had been commissioned into MAF service.
Those who notify us that they have included a bequest to MAF Australia become members of the Harry Hartwig Fellowship, and will receive from time to time invitations to special events – our way of saying ‘thank you’ for their generous support.