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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. The cairn marks the site of the crash. He died when his Heston Phoenix VH-AJM broke up in mid air.
|Address:||Maplewood Close , C. J. (Jimmy) Melrose Memorial Reserve, Brookfield, 3338|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.705404|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||05-July-1936|
|Actual Event End Date:||05-July-1936|
C. J. (Jimmy) Melrose Memorial Reserve
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