Australia Day

26 January 2015

86 days to go

Bill Bristow AM

Bill Bristow AM


Founder, Angel Flight Australia

Born and raised in Sydney, Bill Bristow went to school at Barker College and later studied Psychology and English at Sydney University.

Bill worked in advertising in Sydney and later New York, before moving to Brisbane where he started his own advertising agency.

His interest in flying started in 1970 with him attaining a glider pilot's licence. This was followed by licences for powered planes and helicopters. He currently flies a Pilatus PC12 turboprop.

It was through his flying interests and knowledge of pilots that Bill launched the now well established national charity, Angel Flight Australia.

Bill was acknowledged for his charitable efforts in 2005 when he was awarded Queensland Australian of the Year.

In late 2006, Bill flew to London where he was awarded the Australian Bicentennial Cup by The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators for his contribution to aviation in Australia.

Bill has also been honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), and a Queensland Great by the Queensland Government.