- Early years
Johnson was born on July 1st 1903. in the family home on St Georges
Road in Hull.
Her father John owned a fish processing factory. Her mother was
also called Amy and she had two sisters Irene and Molly.
attended the Boulevard Secondary School in Hull, and had a reputation
for being rebellious. She later went
to the University
of Sheffield and gained a
B.A. in Economics.
she graduatedl Amy got a job as a secretary in an office in Bowlalley
Lane in the centre of Hull.
interest in all things aeronautical led to her gaining her pilot's
license in July 1929. Unable to make a living from being a pilot
she became the first woman in the UK to become an Air Ministry qualified
the lure of flying led her to undertake the first of her epic journeys.
persuaded her father and Lord Wakefield to share the cost of buying
an airplane. The £600 De Haviland Moth was named Jason after
her family's fish business.
plan was to break the world record for flying from the UK to Australia,
the record was 15 days and was set by Bert Hinker in 1928.
5th May 1930 Amy set off from Croydon Aerodrome on her epic endeavour.
There was not much interest in the journey with only her father
and a few others to see her off.
the time she had reached her first stop in Karachi she had achieved
world wide fame.
A combination of mechanical problems and bad weather meant that
she failed to break the record. She took 19 days, landing in Darwin
Australia on Saturday 24th May. Although she did not break the record
she became the first woman to fly solo to Australia.
on this page courtesy of the Sewerby Hall Collection, East
Riding of Yorkshire Council.