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20-February-2016
20-February-2016

Photographs supplied by Neil Follett

A monument commemorates aviator Charles James (Jimmy) Melrose.

Jimmy Melrose who was the youngest competitor in the 1934 MacRobertson London-Melbourne air race and the only Australian to finish. Melrose made the record solo flight from Australia to England in 8 days and 9 hours and came third on handicap.

In July 1936, he was flying during poor weather and crashed in Melton South in which he and his passenger were killed. The cairn marks the site of the crash.  He died when his Heston Phoenix VH-AJM broke up in mid air.

Location

Address:Maplewood Close , C. J. (Jimmy) Melrose Memorial Reserve, Brookfield, 3338
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.705404
Long: 144.558323
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Aviation
Actual Event STart Date:05-July-1936
Actual Event End Date:05-July-1976

Dedication

Front Inscription

Memorial Cairn

Restored 1976 by Melton Historical Society to commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the death of the noted aviator

Charles James (Jimmy) Melrose

22 years of Glenelg S.A. who with his passenger Alexander Campbell crashed here on a flight to Adelaide in July 5th 1936

Source: MA
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