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RAAF Fairbairn in WW2 (REPEAT)

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RAAF Fairbairn

Roundabout on Scherger Drive

Pialligo, ACT 2609

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Learn about the role of the base in the defence of an Australia fearing imminent invasion. Repeat of the walk held on 13 June.

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This is a REPEAT of the Walk on 13 June.

As war clouds gathered, construction of RAAF Station Canberra began in late 1939, eventually becoming an important base accommodating more than 1100 personnel. Many of the original buildings were temporary and no longer exist, but a number of key buildings remain, as does much of the original streetscape. On this Walk we will view the remaining buildings and learn about the role of the base in the defence of an Australia fearing imminent invasion. Stories and photos will bring to life a unique unit, RAAF’s 18th (NEI) Squadron. Comprising members of both the Dutch East Indies Air Force and RAAF, the squadron flew American-made Mitchell B25 bomber aircraft to attack Japanese submarines which shelled Sydney and Newcastle.

Meeting Place: Follow Scherger Drive (off Pialligo Avenue) and continue straight on at the small roundabout, where helpers in high vis vests will direct you to free car parking on the left. The Walk will commence outside the nearby brick guard house.

Walk Leader:  Trevor Lipscombe and Anne Claoue-Long

Bad weather:  Unless otherwise advised by email, we will be at the meeting point where a decision will be made as to whether to proceed or postpone.

Note:  For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.

Audio tour guide system: we will be using our new audio tour guide system to help the hard of hearing and to assist in physical distancing. We have two types of earphones - one fits over the ear (not in) and the other over the head. You are welcome to bring your own earphones (with a normal phone jack ie not an Apple lightning connector). The receivers and earphone will be sanitised and you will also be asked to use hand sanitiser before use. The use of the system is optional.

COVID-19 safety: Please check the current ACT health guidelines on protecting yourself and others before booking on this walk. Please note that you must cancel if you are unwell (a refund will be provided on request); you should maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other people during the walk and observe good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs. If required, your contact details will be provided to health authorities. For this reason, we are now asking for your phone number. Hand sanitiser will be available before and during the Walk.

Refund Policy: If cancelled more than 7 days prior to the date, a full* refund will be given. Heritage Walks are booked via Eventbrite and can be cancelled via Eventbrite.

If cancelled within 7 days of the event and the place can be filled or if there are exceptional circumstances, a full* refund will be given. (For Heritage Walks, requests should be made to heritagewalksact@gmail.com.)

*If booked online the service providers may withhold their fees.

Note that we have resumed the previous policy for refunds after the change to one day because of COVID. As we regularly have a waiting list for Walks, we appreciate early notice of cancellation is appreciated so we can offer places to those on the waiting list.

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RAAF Fairbairn

Roundabout on Scherger Drive

Pialligo, ACT 2609

Australia

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Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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