Reproduction box kite

Made pre 1971

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences holds the largest collection of material internationally of the aviation pioneer, Lawrence Hargrave. While no single individual can be attributed to the invention of the aeroplane, Hargrave belonged to an elite body of scientists and researchers (along with Octave Chanute, Otto Lilienthal and Percy Sinclair Pilcher) whose experiments and inventions paved the way for the first powered, controlled flight achieved by the Wright Brothers on December 17, 1903.


Two cell box kite, wooden frame covered with brown linen. There are two cross bar supports inside each cell and two wooden rods link the cells to each other at the centre. Additional wooden spines are attached to the linen at regular intervals. Vertical ropes tension each cell at the centre, and extra rope with a piece of dowel tied to it hangs on a steel hook from the centre of one cell.


450 mm
1280 mm


This replica box kite model is made from wood and paper and was produced by Publicity Projects in Revesby, New South Wales, Australia some time before 1971. It is based on the design of Lawrence Hargrave's October 1894 paper kite which was produced as a duplicate of his September 1894 calico one.
pre 1971
Hargrave, Lawrence 1894


Purchased 1971
31 March, 1971

Cite this Object

Reproduction box kite 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <>
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