Mr Charles Scott being carried by two bathers after landing at the Golf Course. Barbara Mears is on the left with Bob Munro next to her. Charles Scott's first wife is just right of centre - wearing a coat.

The bather on the left of the picture is Mr Frank French from Brightlingsea - did he swim across or come on the ferry ? He was a local milkman in Brightlingsea.



C.W.A. Scott was...
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Mr Charles Scott being carried by two bathers after landing at the Golf Course. Barbara Mears is on the left with Bob Munro next to her. Charles Scott's first wife is just right of centre - wearing a coat.
The bather on the left of the picture is Mr Frank French from Brightlingsea - did he swim across or come on the ferry ? He was a local milkman in Brightlingsea.

C.W.A. Scott was a famous aviator who held a number of records for flying between England and Australia in the 1930s. He was a Mersea resident for some time and a member of West Mersea Yacht Club and the Golf Club. He was a good yachtsman and owned the yawl CHAMELEON which he kept locally.

Charles Scott was born in Westminster in 1903. He learned to fly in the RAF in 1922, but in 1926 left the RAF and emigrated to Australia where he was a commercial pilot in the early years of the company that is known today as Qantas. He was a complex and colourful character, married 3 times, and died in 1946 by suicide.

See wikipedia for a detailed biography of Charles Scott.


Date: 13 July 1932      

Photo: Mersea Museum - George Farthing Collection
Image ID BS01_033

This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.