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The plaque commemorates the services rendered by the flying boats from 1938 to 1974.

Flying boats hold a special place in the transportation history of Sydney. A flying boat is an aeroplane that can take off and alight from water, as the main body of the plane is a hull that rests fully on the water. They were primarily designed to carry first class mail and were well suited to working on Sydney Harbour. A base was built at Rose Bay that included a large hangar on land, with slipways and terminal facilities for the boats and passengers.

The official opening of the Rose Bay airport, by Lord Huntingfield, Acting Governor General, was on 4 August 1938. By the early 1950s, with the arrival of jet airliners, the gradual demise of the flying boats began. In 1955 QANTAS discontinued its flying boat service and sold its aircraft to Ansett Airways, Ansett Flying Boat Services operated flights to Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island from the 1950s, until the service was discontinued in 1974.


Address:New South Head Road, Lyne Park, Rose Bay, 2029
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.870322
Long: 151.263927
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:1938
Approx. Event End Date:1974


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1980
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The Sydney Water Transport

In recognition of the valuable service rendered to the people of Australia both in peace and war, by the flying boats operating to all parts of the world from the Sydney Water Airport, 1938 to 1974.

The site is now part of the Lyne Park Improvement Scheme 

A joint project of Woollahra Municipal Council and the N. S. W. State Government.

F. P. Donohoe                                   Hon. A. R. L. Gordon, M.P.
Mayor                                               Minister for Lands, Forests and Water Resources
Woollahra Municipal Council           

12th September, 1980

Source: H, MA
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