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85/112-40 Photograph, black and white, Charles Kingsford Smith handing over the Southern Cross, paper, photographer unknown, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia, 1935. Click to enlarge.

Photograph of Kingsford Smith with Minister for Defence handing over the “Southern Cross” aircraft at Richmond, NSW, 1935

Photographed in Richmond, New South Wales, 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.

Ernest Alfred Crome (1902-1987) worked his way up from office boy to manager of the Newtown & Enmore Starr Bowkett Co-operative Building Society. In the 1920s when aviation at nearby Mascot Airport was in its infancy he gave envelopes to pilots to sign and post back to him seeing them as 'miniature log books' of these early experimental flights. It was not until 1939 that he married his wife, Virtie, who continued to encourage him in his hobby.

Ernie Crome went on to form one of the first 'aerophilatelic' collections and may be considered as the joint father of Australian aerophilately, Nelson Eustis (of airmail catalogue fame) being the other. Ernie sold his first collection to the National Library in Canberra in 1965 ('the Crome collection') but soon began to build another. He had made his first donation to the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in 1949 so it was logical for him to continue and 'The EA & VI Crome collection' is made up of a large purchase in 1981 plus many other donations.

The particular strength of Ernie's collection is early Australian aviation from 1910 to 1939. It contains many envelopes posted back to him from private fliers as well as the more famous. Two large selections trace the flights of CTP Ulm and PG Taylor and the Catalina 'Frigate Bird II' was donated by Taylor to the Museum in 1962 at Ernie's instigation. Ernie had been friendly with Taylor since the latter's heroic exploit when he climbed onto the wing of the 'Southern Cross' in 1935 and transferred oil from one engine to the other to save the plane. Much of the airmail carried on that flight was jettisoned but Ernie Crome managed to collect some of the few which survived!

Ernie Crome also saw the space age as a logical development from aviation and he continued to collect space stamps and covers. He was also a noted collector of music, in particular the violin, and he also donated to the Museum in this field.

Summary

Object No.

85/112-40

Object Statement

Photograph, black and white, Charles Kingsford Smith handing over the Southern Cross, paper, photographer unknown, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia, 1935

Physical Description

Photograph, black and white, Charles Kingsford Smith handing over the Southern Cross, paper, photographer unknown, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia, 1935

Landscape format black and white photograph of Charles Kingsford Smith shaking hands with the Minister for Defence. There are three men in the background. Kingsford Smith and a man behind wear military uniforms. Parts of an aircraft can be seen in the background. The photograph has been signed by those in the photograph. On the back of the photograph is a newspaper cutting of the photograph.

Marks

Signatures on front of photograph, signed in black and blue pen 'Archdale Parkhill / Minister for Defence / WBostock / John S.W. Stannage'

Signature on back of photograph, handwritten in pencil 'J(illeg.)S. Stannage. (underline)'

Dimensions

Height

119 mm

Width

161 mm

Production

Photographed

Richmond, New South Wales 1935

Notes

The photographer is unknown but the photograph was taken at RAAF Base Richmond 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 Kingsford Smith with Minister for Defence handing over the "Southern Cross" aircraft at Richmond, NSW, 1935 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 13 August 2020, <https://ma.as/416319>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/416319 |title=Photograph of Kingsford Smith with Minister for Defence handing over the "Southern Cross" aircraft at Richmond, NSW, 1935 |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=13 August 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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