The Great Air Race 1919 - England to Australia

Centenary Celebration!

Arriving at Mascot on their way back across Australia to Adelaide

The Heroes the World Forgot 

In 1919, the Australian Prime Minister offered a prize of £10,000 for the first successful flight to Australia from Great Britain in under 30 days.

Four Australian men - two pilots and two mechanics - flew from London to Darwin in a Vickers Vimy twin-engined rudimentary plane made of canvas, wire and wood, sitting in open cockpit with only a compass for navigation. 

Arriving in Darwin on 10 December 1919, they completed the 11,000 mile journey in 28 days to win the race - the Great Air Race as it became known - then flew home to Adelaide, stopping at Sydney and Melbourne, where they were thronged by delighted crowds.

... Yet 100 years later, Sir Ross Smith, his brother Sir Keith Smith and mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett are all but forgotten.

In The Greatest Air Race this new 50 minute film finally sets the record straight, using archival and modern footage to tell the fascinating story and explore why it has been forgotten by history.

Catalina week 

9 - 15 December 2019

The Australian War Memorial dedicated this week to acknowledge the role the Catalina played in the defence of our nation during WW2.

A photographic exhibition was held in the Orientation Gallery (to the right of the information desk).

The Reg Saunders Room hosted a display of artefacts and memorabilia and an art display dedicated to the Catalina flying boat and FLTLT Bruce White, by his daughter, Pip McManus.

Thank you to our 2019 Festival Sponsors:

Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Incorporated is a non-profit organisation, trading as RATHMINES CATALINA Association
ADDRESS: PO Box 59, Toronto NSW 2283 AUSTRALIA

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