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06-January-2016
06-January-2016

Photographs supplied by Tom Bird

A mural commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Uiver landing.

Uiver was a plane participating in an air race from London to Melbourne in 1934. The aircraft veered off course in a fierce storm and had to make an emergency landing in Albury. Residents of the town lined up their automobiles and shone their headlights to indicate a makeshift landing strip on the local racecourse. Uiver landed without damage and was able to continue the race the next day, managing to achieve a very respectable second place.

An anti-climax came in December 1934 when the Uiver crashed in the Syrian Desert during a mail flight from America to Jakarta killing all onboard. Following the tragedy, the people of Albury contributed to a memorial erected in Holland to honour those killed in the crash. In 1979, the Albury West Rotary Club erected a memorial in the form of a DC2 airiner to commemorate the link between the people of Albury and the Netherlands as a project to celebrate Rotary`s 75th Anniversary.

Location

Address:Uiver Road, Airport, East Albury, 2640
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.069199
Long: 146.954463
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Art
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Sport
Monument Designer:Mark Spijkerosch

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 26th October, 2009
Source: MA
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