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Negative - KLM Airways Douglas DC2 Aeroplane, MacRobertson Centennial Air Race, Refueling in Darwin, Fannie Bay, Northern Territory, 1934 Image Reg. No: MM 001447

The Melbourne Centenary Air Race, also known as the MacRobertson International Air Race, was held in October 1934, to commemorate the Centenary of the establishment of Melbourne and the first European settlement of Victoria. The race, from London to Melbourne, was sponsored by businessman and philanthropist Sir MacPherson Robertson, who had founded the largest confectionary business in the Commonwealth, MacRobertson Confectionary Manufacturers Ltd. The race route covered 18,240 km (11,330 miles) from England to Australia. All competitors were required to land at Baghdad, Allabad, Singapore, Darwin and Charleville. Prizes for the race included £10,000 and a gold cup for the overall winner. English team C.W.A. Scott and T. Campbell Black were the eventual winners, flying through pylons at Flemington Racecourse in front of 40,000 spectators and landing at Laverton. Eight planes failed to finish the race. Gilman and Baines were tragically killed when their Fairy Fox crashed near Foggia, Italy.
Description Of Content:
The Douglas DC2 'Uiver' flown by Parmentier and Moll for KLM in the 1934 MacRobertson Melbourne Centenary Air Race (from England to Australia), refueling in Darwin.
Parmentier and Moll came second in the race, which was won by Scott and Campbell Black.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mr T. Gilchrist, 1985
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: aeroplanes, air races, celebrations, centennial air race london to melbourne 1934, motor cars, road tankers, victoria centenary 1934-1935
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection, K.D. Parmentier, Pilot, (1904-1948)
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Aircraft
Tertiary Classification: propeller aircraft - passenger
Organisations Depicted: Macrobertson Air Race; Moll; Parmentier
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Fannie Bay, Northern Territory, Australia, 1934


Tasha Quall Posted on 05 Dec 2011 5:48 AM
This runway at Fannie Bay is now a street called "Ross Smith Ave" and the area is now know as Parap. There are a lot of residential & business' buildings in this area now, but if you know which streets to go down, you will see there some of the hangers are still there.

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