Monday, October 17, 2016

Mary Heath and her medals

Our old pal Michael Traynor has unearthed this image of Mary Heath with her large collection of medals and trophies won at a bewildering number of athletics and aviation meet in all corners of Ireland and Britain.
A similar image in Noel Henry's book "From Sophie to Sonia - a History of Women's Athletics" sparked my interest in this remarkable Irishwoman. Some of the trophies were found in a garage in London after the death of  GAR Williams, who was married to Mary Heath in the 1930s and died around 1990. 
I was contacted about these trophies by George Haley around 2004, when an exhibition on pioneering women aviators took place at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany. George and his wife Brigitte Hoffman had lived in the Williams house for a time and found the trophies. They were displayed at the exhibition, which I also visited.
Wonder where they are now? If you have any idea, please get in touch.

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