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412661
  • Title
    Inaugural flight from the UK to Australia, by Captain Ross Smith in 1919
  • Call number
    PXB 1694
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    12 Nov 1919 - 10 Dec 1919
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    412661
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    Photographs - 20 cm. x 25 cm. or smaller - 8 silver gelatin photoprints
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    On 10 March 1919 the Australian Government offered a 10 000 pound prize for the first flight by Australians from England to Australia. The prize was won by Captain Ross Smith, his brother Lieutenant Keith Smith and Sergeants JM Benett and WH Shiers in the twin-engine Vickers Vimy, G-EAOU. They left Hounslow, UK, on 12 November and arrived at Darwin, NT, on 10 December. Reference: Australian Encyclopedia, 4th edn., 1983.
  • Scope and Content
    1. [Captain Ross Smith]
    2. [Keith Smith]
    3-4. [Vickers Vimy G-EAOU]
    5. Vimy stuck in bracing wires just after leaving Calcutta
    6. Sourabaya [Java. Labourers position bamboo mats under the wheels of the Vimy to facilitate take-off without getting bogged]
    7. Coolies pulling Vimy out of bog. Sourabaya
    8. Cobbs Creek, NT, where propeller cracked. [Jim] Bennett, Ross [Smith], Keith [Smith]
  • Source
    Presented by Mr Justice Ken Handley, May 2001
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of new South Wales and Courtesy Mr Justice Ken Handley
  • General note

    Reference source: God 'Elp All Of Us: three great flights / Meredith Cooper. North Ryde, N.S.W.: Methuen, 1986
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823588
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Some photoprints titled in pencil on reverse
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