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The building and aircraft commemorate the first official flight from England to Australia through the Air Race of 1919 by Adelaide brothers Ross and Keith Smith in a Vickers Vimy aircraft.

The building contains the Vickers Vimy aircraft which made the flight as well as a sculpture of the Smith Brothers and mechanics Sergeant J.M. Bennett and Sergeant Wally Spiers. A plaque has been placed on the base of the sculpture commemorating the centenary of the birth of Sir Ross Smith. 

The Smith Brothers Walking Trail from the Adelaide airport terminal to the building was officially opened on 12th February 2006. It contains a series of plaques which details the stops on their journey. 

The aircraft set out from Hounslow, London on November 12, 1919, and reached Darwin 28 days later to claim the £10,000 Commonwealth Government prize as the first Australians to fly from England to Australia in less than 30 days.

The Smith Brothers were knighted by His Majesty, George V, on December 22, 1919. Sir Ross was born at Semaphore and Sir Keith in North Adelaide. Flying with the Smith Brothers on their epic journey were mechanics Sergeant J. M. Bennett of St Kilda, Victoria, and Sergeant Wally Shiers of Stepney, South Australia.  Both mechanics received bars to their Air Force medals and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.


Address:Vimy Walk, Airport, Domestic Terminal, Adelaide Airport, 5950
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.941502
Long: 138.533198
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:12-November-1919
Actual Event End Date:10-December-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 27th April, 1958
Front Inscription

            VICKERS VIMY
First Flight England To Australia 1919


Sir Ross And Sir Keith Smith War Memorial

This Building Was Erected By Public Subscription
And Opened On 27th April 1958 By 
Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams K.B.E.  C.B. D.S.O. 

Inscription in Proximity

This plaque was unveiled by Her Excellency
The Honourable Dame Roma Mitchell 
         A.C.. D.B.E. 
Governor of South Australia 
to commemorate the centenary of the birth of 
 Sir Ross MacPherson Smith. 
    Sol­dier and Airman.
    December 4 1992.

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au