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11-August-2015
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A plaque commemorates Charles Kingsford-Smith who set up a business in Carnarvon. 

In 1924, fresh from a stint as a pilot for Australia`s first commercial airline, Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith and Keith Anderson bought a truck and set up business as the Gascoyne Transport Company. Kingsford-Smith figured that with his mechanical knowledge and the new-fangled technology of motorised transport he would out-do the camel trains and horse wagons on many inland delivery routes.

He also thought that if he was right the money he would make would finance his dream - to be the first to fly the Pacific. One of his contracts was the mail run from Carnarvon to the Bangemall goldfields near Mt Augustus.

Location

Address:38 Robinson Street, Median Strip , Carnarvon, 6701
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.88312
Long: 113.657671
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 9th February, 1997
Front Inscription

THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH
1897 TO 1935

NEAR THIS SITE "SMITHY" OPERATED HIS ROAD TRANSPORT BUSINESS GASCOYNE TRADING

THIS STONE WAS UNVEILED ON THE 9TH FEBRUARY 1997 BY HIS EXCELLENCY MAJGEN MICHAEL JEFFERY  AC AO (MIL)  MC  GOVERNOR OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

SPONSORED BY WESFARMERS TRANSPORT LTD

Source: MA
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