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John Flynn Place
John Flynn Place

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John Flynn Place was built as a bicentennial project to commemorate the pioneers of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  The foundation stone was laid on the 8th October 1986 by the Premier and Treasurer of Queensland the Honourable Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.  It was opened in 1988 by their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of York.  

John Flynn Place houses a unique combination of historic material, including photographs, documents and artifacts. 

On 9 September 1928, the Aerial Medical Service was established at Cloncurry, a site chosen because the area was made up of scattered settlers and small townships.  Cloncurry had a well equipped aerodrome, a basic telegraph and telephone and a 40 bed hospital with a resident Medical Officer. Dr. K. St Vincent Welch who was appointed as the first flying doctor. A single engine DH50 was chartered from QANTAS, modified to carry a stretcher. QANTAS also assigned a pilot, Arthur Affleck to the service. In 1941 the name was changed to the Flying Doctor Service and in 1955 it was granted the prefix ‘Royal’. There are now 14 bases and 29000 outposts across Australia realizing Flynn’s dream of ‘A mantle of safety over the inland.”

Location

Address:Daintree & King Streets, Cloncurry, 4824
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -20.704261
Long: 140.508414
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Monument Designer:P O`Gorman (architect) Uniquest Ltd.
Monument Manufacturer:Barclay Bros Pty. Ltd.

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1988
Front Inscription
(Plaque)
Australia 1788-1988

John Flynn Place
A Bicentennial Project 
built to honour the Pioneers of 
the Royal Flying Doctor Service
Architect - P.O`Gorman
       Uniquest Ltd. 
Builder:- Barclay Bros.Pty. Ltd. 
Source: MA
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