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05-May-2015
05-May-2015
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Southern Cloud Park was named in memory of the passengers and crew of the Southern Cloud aircraft which crashed in the Snowy Mountains in 1931 and was Australia`s first major air disaster. The aircraft wreckage was not found until 1958. 

On March 21, 1931 the three engine airplane disappeared without a trace on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne. The plane was carrying six passengers and two crew. The mystery was finally unraveled 27 years later when the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme was in construction. On October 26, 1958, Tom Sonter a carpenter left his camp 15 miles from Happy Jacks and came upon rusted metal. The riddle of the Southern Cloud had been solved.

The Southern Cloud lay on the South West side of the densely timbered mountain ridge of the now Kosciuszko National Park. It was Australia`s first big civil airline disaster.

 

Location

Address:Sharp & Creek Streets, Southern Cloud Park, Cooma, 2630
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.237648
Long: 149.119274
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Aviation
Actual Event STart Date:21-March-1931
Actual Event End Date:26-October-1958

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 13th October, 1962
Front Inscription

SOUTHERN CLOUD PARK

(Plaque located on memorial)

 LIONS CLUB OF COOMA
      THIS PARK AND THE
AVIATION PIONEERS MEMORIAL
    WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY
    PROFESSOR T.D.J.LEECH,
C.B.E., B.Sc., F.R.Ae.S., M.I.N.Z.E., M.I.E. AUST.
         AN AVIATION PIONEER

ON SATURDAY, 13th OCTOBER, 1962
DURING THE SEVENTEENTH FESTIVAL OF THE SNOWS
         THE PARK WAS NAMED

SOUTHERN CLOUD PARK
IN MEMORY OF THE PASSENGERS AND CREW
OF THE AVRO X AIRCRAFT ‘SOUTHERN CLOUD’
WHICH WAS LOST IN THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS
21st MARCH 1931, FOUND 26th OCTOBER, 1958.

ANDRIUS RIMKA   ENGINEER & ARCHITECT
                                    A.T.M. LITHUANIA
CLEVE MAHER       PROJECT CHAIRMAN
BRYCE PEDDIE      PRESIDENT

 
Source: MA, ACPH
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