Accident and Disaster
- Creation: 1851
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Biographical / Historical
Margaret Graham (b. 1804), and George Graham, known as "Mr. and Mrs. Graham," were active balloonists in England from 1823-c. 1853. Mrs. Graham was the more active aeronaut and made her first balloon ascent in the company of her husband, on June 2, 1824. In July 1836, she ascended for the first time with another woman, marking the first recorded ascent by women alone. The Grahams’ ballooning careers were marked by difficult ascensions and accidents, involving both their solo flights and those made with together. Mrs. Graham’s last recorded balloon ascension was made on August 19, 1853 from the Rotunda Gardens in Dublin.
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Existence and Location of Originals
6 pages; 24.2 x 16.2 cm
Pages from the “Accident and Disaster” section of June, August and September issues of The Household Narrative. Columns recounting ballooning accidents involving Mr. and Mrs. Graham, "Madame Garneron" [Garnerin], and Lt. George Gale.
The Household Narrative of Current Events, 1851. [London : s.n., 1850-1855] (Whitefriars, London: Bradbury & Evans)
Sources used for Biographical/Historical note
Hodgson, J.E., History of Aeronautics in Great Britain (Oxford University Press, London, 1924), 226-228.
Turnor, Hatton, Astra Castra; experiments and adventures in the atmosphere (London, Chapman and Hall, 1865),136, 220.
Wroth, Warwick, Cremorne and the later London gardens (London, Stock, 1907), 46, 50, 87.
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