Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Save This Event

Event Saved

Heroes of the Skies exhibition (SLSA/RGSSA)

Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

Monday, 16 March 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Heroes of the Skies exhibition (SLSA/RGSSA)

Registration Information

Type End Quantity
RGSSA Member 16/03/2020 Free  

Share Heroes of the Skies exhibition (SLSA/RGSSA)

Event Details

Pease register for a special viewing for members of the Royal Geographical Society only.  Meet at Treasures Wall in the State Library at 11am.  .

Attendees are welcome to stay for coffee or light lunch (at own expense) in the SLSA cafe.

Discover the amazing story of the England to Australia air race of 1919, won by two of South Australia’s favourite sons, Captain Ross and Lieutenant Keith Smith. Together with their mechanics, Sergeants Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett, they were the first Australian airmen to fly from England to Australia, achieved in 28 days in a modified Vickers Vimy bomber. The exhibition follows the lives of the Smith family from their early days at Mutooroo Station in the far north of South Australia to service in World War One and the public response to the tragic death of Sir Ross in an air crash in 1922.

The exhibition brings to life the excitement of the race and its aftermath through the State Library collections including the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Archive, as well as precious items on loan from other libraries, museums, and private collections.

Highlights relating to the race include the log-book and certificate of airworthiness of the Vickers Vimy, notebooks kept by Ross and Keith, a pocket compass, a magneto from the engine, and a piece of Vimy aircraft fabric. Also on display are the rarely seen knighthood medals awarded to Keith and the ‘flying wings’ won by Ross in the Australian Flying Corps and Keith in the Royal Flying Corps, which were taken into space with astronaut Dr Andy Thomas in 1996.

Have questions about Heroes of the Skies exhibition (SLSA/RGSSA)? Contact Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

Save This Event

Event Saved

When & Where


Treasures Wall, State Library of SA
North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000
Australia

Monday, 16 March 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm


  Add to my calendar

Interested in hosting your own event?

Join millions of people on Eventbrite.

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.