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Medal - 50th Anniversary 1919 London to Australia Flight, Military Historical Society of Australia, Australia, 1969 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 23868

Summary:
Australia
1969 (AD)
Mint: Lega

Other Details: Medal issued by the Military Historical Society of Australia in 1969 to commemorate the first flight from London to Australia in 1919. An air race was organised to induce aviators to make the journey within 30 days, and on 19 December Ross and Keith Smith arrived Darwin in Vickers Vimy 28 days after leaving London. As winners of the race they were awarded a prize of £10,000. They were accompanied by flight mechanics Sgt. W.H. Shiers and Sgt. J.M. Bennett. The Smith brothers both served in World War I, Ross in the Light Horse and later in the Australian Flying Corps, and Keith in the Royal Flying Corps.
Description:
Four men standing on exergue line; in exergue, SERIAL NUMBER / 14; around above, MILITARY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, below, OF AUSTRALIA 1969
Globe depicting route of flight with bi-plane above; around above, LONDON TO AUSTRALIA; below, NOV-DEC 1919
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 67.25 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: pioneer air flights
Themes this item is part of: Military Historical Society of Australia, Lega Pty Ltd, Mordialloc, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: aviation
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1969 AD
Obverse Description: Four men standing on exergue line; in exergue, SERIAL NUMBER 14; around above, MILITARY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, below, OF AUSTRALIA 1969
Reverse Description: Globe depicting route of flight with bi-plane above; around above, LONDON TO AUSTRALIA; below, NOV-DEC 1919
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Four men standing on exergue line; in exergue, SERIAL NUMBER 14; around above, MILITARY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, below, OF AUSTRALIA 1969 (obverse)
Globe depicting route of flight with bi-plane above; around above, LONDON TO AUSTRALIA; below, NOV-DEC 1919 (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: White Metal
Issued By: Military Historical Society of Australia, Australia
Mint: Lega Pty Ltd, Australia, 1969
Commissioned By: Military Historical Society of Australia, Australia, 1969
References: Car. 1969/6

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