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'The Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race Game' board game

The 1919 air race from England to Australia won by Australians, Ross and Keith Smith, is illustrated in this children's board game of the time. The Smith brothers flew in a twin-engine Vickers Vimy heavy bomber, repaired enroute with chewing gum and pieces of fruit crates. The aircraft had the registration G-EAOU, which Smith's crew jokingly referred to as 'God 'Elp All Of Us'. The race was meant to demonstrate the feasibility of long-distance air travel, and prize money of £10,000 was offered …


Object No.


Object Statement

Board game, 'The Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race Game', cardboard / paper, maker unknown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1919

Physical Description

Game, 'The Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race Game, for two or more players' commemorating a record flight between London and Australia, 1919, printed in Sydney



5 mm


60 mm


60 mm


Credit Line

Gift of Mr & Mrs E A & V I Crome, 1982

Acquisition Date

23 March 1982

Cite this Object


'The Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race Game' board game 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 June 2023, <>


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