And the planes will land at Mangalore soon after takeoff on July 16.CHALPAT SONTI July 2, 2014 3:53am
Mangalore Airport will be the site of activities commemorating the first airmail flight in Australia 100 years ago.
The first airmail flight in Australia took place 100 years ago next week, and Mangalore will play its part in a re-enactment — just as Seymour starred in the original in 1914.
The re-enactment of Maurice Guillaux’s trip in a Bleriot XI monoplane between Melbourne and Sydney will take place between July 12-14.
There will be two mail-carrying aircraft: a Jabiru, a modern Australian lightweight sports aircraft of similar weight and engine capacity to Guillaux’s plane, will carry 1785 postcards - the same number as was carried on the original flight and based on the originals. A relay of historic aircraft will also carry a load for Australia Post.
In 1914 Guillaux, a famous French stunt pilot, made the longest airmail flight in the world at that time with his 88
As local historian John Jennings recounted in the Telegraph a few years ago, the event was about four years after the master escapologist Harry Houdini had conducted Australia’s first controlled flight near Digger’s Rest.
Guillaux had initially given some exhibitions in Sydney and then sent his plane to Melbourne by train - it was likely this was the first aircraft to ever pass through the region.
Since the Frenchman didn’t know the way between the two cities, it was decided he should follow the railway line.
The Seymour Express reported: ‘‘It is a long time since Seymour presented such a scene of animation as it did yesterday morning. The streets were thronged with crowds… there were motors, wagons, carts, horsemen, paters and maters carrying children, footmen etc. … By about 9.30am there must have been fully 1000 people on the ground.’’
The road ‘‘presented the appearance of Flemington Rd on Cup day. There were motors, wagons, carts, horsemen, paters and maters carrying children, footmen — the whole forming a picturesque group’’.
A bottle of ‘‘gold-top’’ was passed around as a toast after the welcome of Shire President George Howe. Guillaux left at 10.25
Later on Guillaux caused a bit of a sensation when landing at Wagga Wagga. He landed at the wrong one of two racecourses, touching down near the judge’s box just as a race had ended.
The re-enactment won’t be stopping in Seymour, but at Mangalore Airport about 10
For more information see www.australiasfirstairmail.com
Convicted murderer Steven James Bradley remains calm in face of guilty verdict in trial for murder of teenager Michelle Buckingham in 1983.
With her effective left hand in particular, Chelsea Hanley retained the Victorian Under 17 junior welterweight title last Sunday with a convincing points decision victory.
It has been a successful year for Bega Cheese, which reflects on Tatura Milk Industries, with chair Barry Irvin announcing recently that Bega Cheese’s normalised earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation was $55.7 million and normalised profit after tax of $22 million.
ECHUCA police are still investigating the cause of an accident which saw a car and train collide on Ogilvie Ave on Friday night.
TIMMERING Holstein breeders Scott and Nirrelle Somerville are thrilled with the announcement of their Holstein cow Somerelle Leader Lassco as the 2015 Australian Cow of the Year.
Great Race helps a great cause
Hundreds flock to Avenel to learn a thing or three.
Tocumwal Lions Club has plans to purchase the Bowling Club site for an aged care facility, which will only happen if the merger between the Tocumwal bowls and golf clubs proceeds.
A NASTY run-in with a kangaroo on the Northern Hwy between Melbourne and Echuca has convinced one regular traveller on the road the question of a cull needs to be addressed.
Three Cobram teens have been arrested by police after they allegedly stole tractors from Cobram and Tocumwal and caused about $30 000 in damage.
Deniliquin footballers Will Shaw and Cooper Wallace (pictured) have gone head-to-head with the state’s best at the recent AFL NSW/ACT Joss Under-14 State Zone Trials in Albury.
The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has acknowledged the completion of negotiations under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), noting modest but important gains made for the Australian dairy industry in improving access to global markets.
Benalla banded together to raise $2000 for the Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century (A21).
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.