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13-May-2016
13-May-2016

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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. He died when his Heston Phoenix VH-AJM broke up in mid air.

Location

Address:Anderson Drive, Parafield Airport, Parafield Gardens, 5107
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.790584
Long: 138.636288
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Aviation

Dedication

Front Inscription

In memory of Charles James (Jimmie) Melrose

Aviator

1913 – 1936

“He was born to fly"

Source: MA
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