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A plaque commemorates the Stinson Air Crash of 1937 and remembers the Stinson as a pathfinder of Australian aviation.
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 Mt 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 people died in the crash, including the Flying Officer Beverley Shepherd who was the co-pilot, 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:||Stinson Crash Site , South Lamington, 4211|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -28.309156|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
THIS PLAQUE MARKS THE SPOT WHERE THE STINSON AIRLINER VH-UHH "CITY OF BRISBANE" CRASHED ON THE 19TH FEBRUARY 1937, AND WHERE TWO SURVIVORS SAT FOR TEN DAYS UNTIL FOUND BY BERNARD O`REILLY
WE REMEMBER THE STINSON
A PATHFINDER AT THE DAWN OF COMMERICAL AVIATION IN AUSTRALIA