History : Kenneth Bond Page
|Kenneth Bond OAM
Ken Bond was born in Hamilton, Victoria on 1st April 1926 , and joined Ansett Airways in Hamilton, on 2nd April 1940. Ken then transferred to Essendon where he had a number of roles in the Engineering Division of Ansett Airways (as it was then known).
By 1960, Ken had become Ansett A.N.A's Aircraft Overhaul Supervisor and after a series of further promotions, became Program Director in 1986.
He's officially retired from Ansett Australia on 1st April 1991, on his 65th birthday, but continued to work for Ansett for several more years, under a contract arrangement.
Ken was awarded the Order of Australia Medal, for his services to Australian aviation, in the Queens Birthday Honours, in June 1991.
By the time he severed his links with the airline in September 1994, he had worked for Ansett for 54 years.
He returned to Hamilton on Australia Day 1995, for a well earned retirement, but within weeks he was inducted into the local Rotary Club, and was its President by 1998.
Today Ken is the Chairman of the Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum.
Ken has kindly submitted the following
Address by Kenneth Bond OAM at the Sir Norman Brearley Oration for the Civil Aviation Historical Society of Western Australia Inc. on the 28th August 2002