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85/112-34 Photograph, black and white, depicting 'Southern Cross' and 'Faith in Australia' leaving Mascot airport, paper, photographer unknown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1935. Click to enlarge.

Photograph of the "Southern Cross" and "Faith in Australia" aircraft leaveing Mascot airport, Sydney, 1935

Photographed
This item is from a collection of 21 philatelic covers, 5 letters, 2 envelopes and 24 photographs relating to early Australian aviation. It is part of a much larger collection donated to the Museum by EA and VI Crome which comprises some 20,000 items of postage stamps featuring airmail and space philately plus a large number of envelopes flown and posted back to Mr Crome. Many are signed by the pilots or astronauts.

Ernest Alfred Crome (1902-1987) worked his way up from office boy to manager …

Summary

Object No.

85/112-34

Object Statement

Photograph, black and white, depicting 'Southern Cross' and 'Faith in Australia' leaving Mascot airport, paper, photographer unknown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1935

Physical Description

Landscape format black and white photograph of two aircraft, Southern Cross and Faith in Australia, in flight over Mascot Airport. Buildings can be seen in the background. The photograph has been signed. A copyright stamp is on the back of the photograph.

Marks

Signatures on front of photograph, handwritten in black ink 'S J Colville W/T / R N Boulton / Beau Sheil / J. Percival, Jnr. (underline) / John S. W. Stannage / P.G. Taylor (underline) / T Pethybridge'

Notation on back of photograph, handwritten in pencil 'Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. / J. S. Stannage / P. G. Taylor. / (line) / R. N. Boulton / S. V. Colville. / Pethybridge.'

Notation on back of photograph, handwritten in blue pen '1935 July 15 / Last Flight Sydney to Richmond'

Copyright stamp on back of photograph, in pink ink 'NOT TO BE REPRODUCED / WITHOUT PERMISSION / "THE SUN" / FEATURE BUREAU / (line) / 60-66 Elizabeth Street / SYDNEY'

Notation on back of photograph, handwritten in pencil 'Leaving Mascot / for Richmond'

Dimensions

Height

120 mm

Width

162 mm

Production

Notes

The photographer is unknown but they may have been working for The Sun newspaper. The photograph was taken at Mascot Airport, Sydney.

History

Notes

Charles Kingsford Smith, along with co-pilot P G Taylor and radio operator John Stannage, attempted to fly from Australia to New Zealand in the 'Southern Cross' to gain the contract for a trans-Tasman airmail service. The flight was also to celebrate the 25th Jubilee of King George V. They encountered engine trouble halfway across the Tasman Sea and were saved by Taylor climbing out of the cockpit and transferring oil from one engine to another using a thermos flask and a leather suitcase. For this action, Taylor received an Empire Gallantry Medal, later changed to a George Cross. The cargo and most of the mail bags were dumped and the plane and its crew returned to Sydney.

In 1933 in the 'Faith in Australia' Australian aviator Charles Ulm set the speed record from England to Australia at 6 days, 17 hours and 56 minutes, and made several trans-Tasman flights.

According to information provided by E Crome the 'two historic aeroplanes fly out of Mascot for the Richmond Air Force base, in anticipation of heavy mail for the FIRST JUBILEE AIR MAIL FLIGHT in history.'

Cite this Object

Harvard

Photograph of the "Southern Cross" and "Faith in Australia" aircraft leaveing Mascot airport, Sydney, 1935 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 7 December 2021, <https://ma.as/416310>

Wikipedia

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