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Plaque commemorates the first air mail flight.

In November 1917, R. Graham Carey flew his Bleriot 60 aircraft from Enfield to the Gawler Racecourse at Evanston, carrying the first official air mail delivery within South Australia.

The mail consisted of 100 souvenir postcards (which sold at 2/6d. each) and 10 letters including a letter from the Lord Mayor of Adelaide to the Mayor of Gawler. 

The Bleriot took off from Enfield at 3 pm and arrived over Gawler at about 3.30 pm. Carey described the flight as uneventful although the weather was bad, with heavy showers. His arrival at Gawler attracted great attention as he circled over the temporary landing field. Following his successful landing on the racecourse, Carey handed over the mail to junior telegraph messenger, Walter Nelson, who delivered it to the Gawler Post Office.

Location

Address:Barnet Street, Gawler Racecourse, Evanston, 5116
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.615378
Long: 138.738114
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Actual Event STart Date:23-November-1917
Actual Event End Date:23-November-1917

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 23rd November, 1997
Front Inscription

Commemorating the Adelaide to Gawler first air mail within South Australia by R. Graham Carey. 23 November 1917.  Unveiled on the 80th anniversary by Dr B. C. Eastick M.A.

Source: MA
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