Having been brought up in Newton Park. I always assumed that I should know the origin of the suburb’s name, but like most people, I am blissfully unaware of how it acquired its name let alone the history of the area. Hopefully this blog puts this lack of information partially to rights.
Main picture: Aerial view of
Newton Park in 1938
During the age of biplanes, aerodromes, airfields and airports were intimate places where family and their friends could view the passengers boarding while standing beside the plane. Today their signature features are formality, impersonality and huge scale, the very antithesis of the personal touch. This impersonality is exacerbated by the hub-and-spoke approach of air flight today.
Without radar, navigational aids and concrete runways, these aerodromes served these fragile midget planes.
Main picture: Avro Anson F1 1143 based at 42 Air School