Aviation Historical Society of Australia NSW: preserving Australia’s aviation heritage

The Aviation Historical Society of Australia (New South Wales) meets monthly to encourage the preservation of Australian Aviation history and heritage.
There are similar societies in Victoria and Queensland.

Next meeting:  

When: Wednesday 3 July 2019, 8pm

Where: North Ryde RSL, cnr Pittwater and Magdala Roads, North Ryde - some members meet for dinner in the bistro at 7pm

Agenda: Anna Gebels, discussiing her PhD studies on the Empire Air Training Scheme

More information: Paul Ewoldt, phone 02 8356 9583

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Our main major project at this time is assisting with proper commemoration of the first flight from England to Australia, by Ross and Keith Smith, Wally Bennett and Jim Shiers in a Vickers Vimy aircraft. They left England on 12 November 1919, and arrived in Darwin on 10 December 1919. This won a prize of £10,000, but the adventure was not over. 102 days later, the aircraft reached the Smiths’ home town, Adelaide. They were held up by major breakdowns, and rapturous welcomes in Sydney and Melbourne.If you don’t know the story, go here.

2019 commemorative plans:

The Northern Territory Government attempted to plan a commemorative flight from England to Darwin, but this proved to be impractical. There will still be some recognition of the flight’s arrival in Darwin on the centenary anniversary, 10 December 2019.

A committee is working in Adelaide, chaired by Greg Mackie, the CEO of the History Trust of South Australia. It includes Lainie Anderson: She recently completed a major study of the flight, downloadable from the Churchill Trust website. There are also representatives of the RAAF and the South Australian Aviation Museum and leading aero-philatelist Martin Walker. The trust has secured a grant of $4 million whihc will enabe the installation of the Smiths' aircraft in the new Adelaide Airport terminal.

The AHSA idea

AHSA NSW has formed a committee to support all efforts at commemorating the flight, but our main aims are to collect historical material and to lobby for, and help as much as possible with, a commemorative flight from Darwin to Adelaide.

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