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Maximilian
JOHN
Ludwick
WESTON
1872-1950
Pioneer Aviator and Overland
Traveller
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1901 JOHN WESTON DURING BOER WAR - John Weston fought for the Boers against the British. 1901.
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John Weston’s life is told – but there are gaps and mysteries.
This site is dedicated to changing that. And you can help uncover the full story!
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1895 ref LIEGE Place de la Gare [Guillemins] END OF C19th - Immediately before January 1905, John Weston gave his address as "Poste Restante. Guillemins. Liege. Belgium" [Oberholzer op cit]. The Place de la Gare would have been familiar to him. It is now Place des Guillemins and is located in the suburb of that name.
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Maximilian John Ludwick Weston, better known as John Weston, led a remarkably full and adventurous life. An eclectic engineer, he was a pioneer aviator, farmer, family man, soldier, globetrotter – and an overland traveller in a motorcaravan that he designed and built himself. Some even believed he was a spy, and Weston himself claimed to know Stalin, Roosevelt  and Churchill!

He is famed as a pioneer of flight in South Africa. His biographer, Hannes Oberholzer, described him as the “Grandfather of Aviation in South Africa” [1]. A more recent author titles him “South Africa’s First Aviator” [2]. Today, he continues to be celebrated as the founder of the Aeronautical Society of South Africa which hosts a biennial memorial lecture in his honour [3].

Here, Weston’s life is told – but there are gaps and mysteries. This website is dedicated to changing that. And you can help uncover the full story!

All comments and contributions are welcome.

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It will not escape the reader’s attention that the author of this story is standing on the shoulders of giants.

And one In particular must be acknowledged: Dr JJ Oberholzer aka Hannes Oberholzer,  Director of the  National Museum of South Africa from 1969 to 1985 and afterwards

Chief Director of the Durban Museums.

J J aka Hannes OBERHOLZER biographer of John Weston

JOHN WESTON     1872-1950
The story of a Pioneer Aviator and Overland Traveller