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85/112-37 Photograph, black and white, Southern Cross handed over to Commonwealth government, paper, photographer unknown, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia, 1935. Click to enlarge.

Photograph of the “Southern Cross” aircraft being handed over to the Australian Government at Richmond, 1935

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.

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Summary

Object No.

85/112-37

Object Statement

Photograph, black and white, Southern Cross handed over to Commonwealth government, paper, photographer unknown, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia, 1935

Physical Description

Landscape format black and white photograph depicting handover of the aircraft Southern Cross to the Australian Government. The photograph is a shot from above and shows the aeroplane on the ground and amongst other aircraft on the ground. There are hangers and a water tower situated in the upper right corner of the photograph. Several groups of people stand between the aircraft and the buildings. The photograph has been signed by P G Taylor, Mary Kingsford Smith, wife of Charles, and John S W Stannage, amongst others. There is a notation on the back of the photograph and a copyright stamp.

Marks

Signatures on front of envelope, handwritten in black and blue pen "Beau Sheil / JUlm / P.G. Taylor / (underline) / WBostock / Mary KingsfordSmith / John S.W. Stannage / C G Scrimgour"
Notation on back of envelope, handwritten in blue pen "R.A.A.F Station Richmond / 1935 July 15 (crossed out) 18th"
Copyright stamp on back of envelope, printed in black ink "[in rectangle] COPYRIGHT / PHOTOGRAPH / BY / The SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / AND / THE SYDNEY MAIL."

Dimensions

Height

107 mm

Width

160 mm

Production

Notes

The photographer is unknown but they probably worked for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Sydney Mail newspapers. The photograph was taken at RAAF Richmond Base in 1935.

History

Notes

Charles Kingsford Smith sold the aeroplane 'Southern Cross' to the Australian Government. On the 18th of July 1935, Kingsford Smith flew the 'Southern Cross' for the last time from its base at Sydney's Mascot aerodrome to RAAF Richmond for storage.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Photograph of the "Southern Cross" aircraft being handed over to the Australian Government at Richmond, 1935 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 September 2019, <https://ma.as/416316>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/416316 |title=Photograph of the "Southern Cross" aircraft being handed over to the Australian Government at Richmond, 1935 |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=22 September 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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