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We are pleased to continue with our monthly lecture program under COVID-19 restrictions. All attendees must hold a ticket.

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The first flight from England to Australia in 1919 by Ross & Keith Smith

Presented by Lainie Anderson

The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia warmly welcomes Lainie Anderson to present our May lecture. Please note that this lecture will be held at the Charles Hawker Centre, Waite Road, Urrbrae.

This is among the world’s greatest aviation feats – the 1919 flight from England to Australia by South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith, with their mechanics Wally Shiers and James Bennett. The 28-day journey was in a Vickers Vimy biplane of spruce wood lined with lacquered fabric, with open cockpits and little more than a compass and maps for navigation. They won the ₤10,000 prize offered by the Australian Government.

Assisted by a Churchill Fellowship, journalist Lainie Anderson researched the flight using war diaries, letters and records from along the race route. She wrote an account of it in her book, Long Flight Home.

This event is free (although we do appreciate a gold coin donation) for members of the RGSSA. Non-members are welcome to attend and tickets are available for $10 per person. Book on line through this site. The RGSSA welcomes new members who wish to make a contribution to the success of the society.

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