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20-February-2016
20-February-2016

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A park 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. A 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:Park
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Aviation
Actual Event STart Date:05-July-1936
Actual Event End Date:05-July-1936

Dedication

Front Inscription
C. J. (Jimmy) Melrose
Memorial Reserve
Inscription in Proximity

This historic marker has been erected to commemorate the 56th anniversary of C. J. (Jimmy) Melrose`s air crash.

Unveiled by Cr. Margaret Wood  Mayor of Melton

Constructed with the assistance of West Melton Pty Ltd.
Graeme Minns Shire of Melton

Source: MA
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