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07-July-2017
07-July-2017

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A plaque commemorates Tom McDonald, a pioneer aviator of North Queensland. 

Tom McDonald pioneered commercial flights and official Air Mail services between Cairns and Cooktown and then from Cairns to Brisbane and Mount Isa. He flew numerous mercy flights to previously inaccessible townships, mining camps, cattle stations and beaches, from Cairns to Thursday Island and west to Burketown,

Location

Address:Airport Road, International Airport, Cairns, 4870
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.8775
Long: 145.754444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1960
Front Inscription

`Tommy` McDonald

A tribute to a fine airman & a courageous pioneer from the people of Cairns & District.

The site was a saltpan when Mr T.H. McDonald landed his tiny Gipsy Aircraft here in 1929, thus opening the way for Aviation progress in Far North Queensland, from his primitive Aerodrome..

He flew numerous mercy flights to previously inaccessible townships, mining camps, cattle stations and beaches, from Cairns to Thursday Island and west to Burketown.

He pioneered commercial flights and official Air Mail services between Cairns and Cooktown and then from Cairns to Brisbane and Mount Isa.

Tommy McDonald has created a heritage of courageous achievement which we trust will be an inspiration wherever the call of mercy is sounded.

Cairns Chamber of Commerce
Queensland Centenary Year Project

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