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The plaque commemorates the centenary of QANTAS which was founded in Winton in 1920. 

Qantas was founded in Winton, Queensland on 16 November 1920 by Hudson Fysh, Paul McGinness and Fergus McMaster as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited. The airline's first aircraft was an Avro 504K. It moved its headquarters to Longreach, Queensland in 1921 and Brisbane, Queensland in 1930.

November 16, 2020, was an important occasion, as it was the 100-year milestone of Qantas.

Last Friday, Longreach Regional Council Mayor Tony Rayner and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce unveiled a plaque in Qantas Park to commemorate the airline’s centenary. The board of directors and members of the group management committee of Qantas Airways travelled to the Central West to be in attendance.

Cr Tony Rayner said it was an incredibly special occasion to be able to celebrate the week’’s events with Qantas. “There were circumstances last year that we are all aware of that prevented us from celebrating, this week we have certainly been making up for it,” he said. “It is a significant occasion for Longreach, there are many towns that have a strong affiliation with the history of Qantas, from Cloncurry to Winton to Charleville. Longreach is home for Qantas and always will be, and we are quite parochial about that,” said Cr Rayner.

Qantas will continue celebrations throughout the year both right across Australia.
LeaderToday, (Longreach QLD), 14 May 2021.


Address:99 Eagle Street, QANTAS Park, Longreach, 4730
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.440771
Long: 144.250011
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:16-November-1920
Actual Event End Date:16-November-2020


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 7th November, 2021
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au