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Ross and Keith Smith
Ross and Keith Smith
Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Cairn marks the spot where aviators Ross and Keith Smith were grounded.

In 1919 the Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes announced the now famous ' AIR RACE '. A prize of 10,000 pounds was to be awarded for the first machine to fly from London to Australia in 30 days or less. Taking up the challenge, Ross Smith applied to the British company Vickers to supply a Vickers Vimy bomber for the race, and the Smith brothers flew their way into Australian folklore. Landing in Darwin on December 10th, 1919, the Smith brothers and their two mechanics, Sergeant W.H. Shiers A.F.M. and Sergeant J.M. Bennett A.F.M., M.S.M., completed the flight from Hounslow in 27 days and 20 hours. The brothers received a cheque for £10,000 which they insisted on sharing equally with their two mechanics. They also each received a knighthood for the achievement.

Location

Address:Adavale Road, 19 kilometres north, Charleville, 4470
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.327222
Long: 146.0975
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Community
Approx. Event Start Date:1919
Approx. Event End Date:1919
Source: MA
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