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Negative - De Havilland DH-88 Comet Aeroplane G-ACSR, MacRobertson Centennial Air Race, Refueling in Darwin, Fannie Bay, Northern Territory, 1934 Image Reg. No: MM 001448

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 De Havilland Comet (G-ACSR) flown by Cathcart Jones and Ken Waller refueling in Darwin while competing in the MacRobertson Centennial Air Race. Cathcart Jones is standing on the wing. W. Grant, Vestey's local representative, is the man in the white suit. Scott and Campbell Black, who won the race, flew the distance in just under three days.
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, fuel pumps, 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
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Aircraft
Tertiary Classification: propeller aircraft
People Depicted: Grant, W.
Organisations Depicted: Macrobertson's Air Race; De Haviland Comet; Campbell Black; Scott
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Fannie Bay, Northern Territory, Australia, 1934
Person Depicted: Owen Cathcart Jones, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, 1934

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