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A monument commemorates the loss of the Stinson Air Craft in 1937.
On 19th February 1937 Australia was shocked to hear that a Stinson airliner was reported missing on a flight from Brisbane. Bernard O`Reilly of Lamington Plateau decided to search the area where the flight path of the Stinson crossed the McPherson Range. He left the Guesthouse and followed the rugged McPherson Range to the west. He climbed Mount Throakban and sighted a tree 8 kilometres away that appeared to have been burnt. Three hours later a coo-ee startled him and he came upon the crash site to find two men, John Proud and Joe Binstead, still alive after 10 days.
Four men died in the crash but he was told of another man Jim Westrey had survived and gone for help. Bernard left the two men at the wreck to seek assistance and as he walked down Christmas Creek he found Westrey`s body. He had died as a result of a fall over a waterfall. Bernard returned with a party including a doctor while local farmers cut 16 kilometres of tracks through the rainforest of Lamington Plateau to rescue the two survivors
|Address:||Lamington National Park Road , Green Mountains Botanical Gardens, O`Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park , 4275|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -28.233739|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||19th-February-1937|
|Actual Event End Date:||19th-February-1937|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 3rd November, 1988|
STINSON AIR DISASTER
19th. February, 1937
THE LOSS OF VH-UHH "CITY OF BRISBANE"
ABOUT 20 MILES FROM THIS MEMORIAL
Died: Rex Boyden, Beverley Shepherd, James Westray, Roland Graham, William Fountain
Survived: Josiah Binstead, John Proud
Rescuers: Bernard O'Reilly and All Friends Who Gave Their Best to Make Rescue Possible
As Long As It Stands This Rock Will Tell
Of Man's Courage, Mateship, Endurance
Dedicated: 3rd. November, 1988