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15-September-2018
15-September-2018

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The monument commemorates Dr Allan Robert Stanley Vickers who worked for the Royal Flying Doctor Service for 35 years.

With the prompting of the Reverend John Flynn, Vickers joined the Aerial Medical Service of the Presbyterian Australian Inland Mission and between 1931 and 1934 was medical superintendent at Cloncurry, North Queensland. In hazardous flights to outback locations which lacked proper landing facilities, Vickers averaged approximately 40,000 kilometres a year in his de Havilland 50 cabin biplane (DH50) which was equipped with a battery-operated portable transmitter. After financial support for the mission had been eroded by the Depression, in 1933 he began a publicity and fund-raising drive that led to the formation of an independent body, the National Aerial Medical Service of Australia.

He was recalled by the Queensland section of what was, after 1942, the Flying Doctor Service, and established its second base at Charleville in 1943.  He was chief medical officer there from 1951 to 1954. 

Location

Address:Mitchell Highway, Charleville Airport, Charleville, 4470
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.418016
Long: 146.256577
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Medicine

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:October-1969
Front Inscription

Allan Vickers Memorial

 

Left Side Inscription

These gates were erected in memory of the late Dr. Allan Robert Stanley Vickers C.M.G., O.B.E., C.St.J., M.B., Ch.M..

He gave 35 years of devoted service to the development of the Flying Doctor Service throughout Australia, and was the first flying doctor at this Base from 1943 to 1954.

Presented by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Charleville Auxiliary. October 1969.

Source: MA, ADB
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