Sugarbird Lady | Limited Edition signed Print, Edition of 80, 61 x 60cm (paper size)
Robin Miller was a nurse and one of Australia’s most important women pilots. In the late sixties, she flew her red and white Cessna 182, VH-CKP to towns and remote settlements in northwest WA, to give out sugar cubes with the polio vaccine.
For the second part of the vaccination campaign, Robin was based in Broome and she flew her Mooney Super 21 Aircraft, VH-REM, throughout the Kimberley.
When the two year campaign ended, Robin had covered 43,000 miles and given out 37,000 doses of polio vaccine. Aboriginal children named her the “Tchooger Bird Lady”.
She then flew all over WA as a pilot-nurse for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Sadly, Robin died of cancer in 1975 at the age of 35.
Sugarbird Lady Road at Perth Airport is named after her. It runs next to Horrie Miller Drive, which is named after her father.
A replica of her Mooney aircraft stands as a memorial to her, at Jandakot Airport.
This painting commemorates the Sugarbird Lady’s solo flights, over the vast, rugged landscape of northern WA.