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The Uiver Memorial Plaque was erected by the people of the Netherlands in gratitude to the people of Albury for their actions in saving the Dutch Air Liner "Uiver" ; a KLM Airlines DC2 aircraft which was participating in an air race from London to Melbourne in 1934.    

The aircraft Uiver veered off course in a fierce storm during the race and had to make an emergency landing in Albury. Residents of the town lined up their automobiles and shone their headlights to indicate a makeshift landing strip on the local racecourse. Uiver landed without damage and was able to continue the race the next day, managing to achieve a very respectable second place. An anti-climax came in December 1934 when the Uiver crashed in the Syrian Desert during a mail flight from America to Jakarta killing all onboard. Following the tragedy, the people of Albury contributed to a memorial erected in Holland to honour those killed in the crash.

In 1979, the Albury West Rotary Club decided it wanted to erect a memorial to commemorate the link between the people of Albury and the Netherlands as a project to celebrate Rotary`s 75th Anniversary. With funds raised from a successful air carnival, the club purchased a derelict DC2 airliner and hauled it from Bankstown airport to Albury, restored it and renamed it the Uiver. The aircraft presently needs restoring and in 2007 the council voted against it. Space will be made in the expanded airport facility for a $150,000 memorial to the 1934 London to Melbourne Air Race entrant but a full restoration was not deemed feasible.

The Uiver memorial was displayed outside Albury Airport from 1979 until 2002 after it had been restored by the city’s Rotarians. It appeared destined to be sold to Queensland before the council accepted the Uiver Memorial Museum Group bid in March 2014 to restore and house the plane.

The Council has provided a $300,000 interest-free loan for the project.


Address:Uiver Road, Albury Airport, Airport Cafe, East Albury, 2640
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.068889
Long: 146.956944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:24-October-1934
Actual Event End Date:24-October-1934


Front Inscription
Erected By The People Of The Netherlands As An Expression Of Their Deep Gratitude To The Inhabitants Of Albury Who By Their Timely Action Saved The Dutch Air Liner "Uiver" PH-AU, From Great Danger And Enabled It To Land In Safety In This Place On The Night Of 24th October 1934 Whilst Competing In The London-Melbourne Race.
Source: MA
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