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Centenary of First Air Mail (Australia)


Centenary of First Official Air Mail (in Australia)
16 to 18 July 1914 by Maurice Guillaux on Blériot IX Aircraft from Melbourne (VIC) to Sydney (NSW).
Centenary of Air Freighting
Centenary of longest distance flown by an aircraft in 1914 (930 Km)

Departed Melbourne Agricultural ground on Thursday 16th of July at 9.12 AM arrived at Seymour at 9,45 AM. Departure was scheduled to happen at 9 AM sharp but mail delivery by Australia Post was late arriving at the Showground, thus delaying departure by 12 minutes.
Departed Seymour around 10.55 AM, arrived Wangaretta at 11.40 AM
Departed Wangaretta at 12.15 PM, arrived at Albury at 12.50 PM (had lunch in Albury with French town mayor).
Departed Albury around 1.45 PM, arrived at Wagga Wagga at 3 PM (but first landed on the wrong field at the race course)
Departed Wagga Wagga around 3.45 PM, arrived Harden at 4.45 PM. Left Harden and then returned shortly due to bad weather.
On Friday, another failed attempt due to bad weather again.
Finely departed Harden on Saturday 18th July at 7.45 AM, arrived Goulburn at 9.45 AM.
Departed Goulburn at 11.05 AM, arrived Liverpool (suburb of Sydney) at 12.35 PM (had lunch with locals)
Departed Liverpool after lunch and arrived at Sydney Moore Park Football Ground at 2.30 PM

The Combined flight time was about 9 1/2 hours (over 3 days), Australia Post was not pleased with this flight as mail from Melbourne to Sydney by train took at that time only about 10 hours to travel.

Mail carried was:
1785 numbered postcard
about 700 letters
& a few small parcels

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 09 July, 2014.

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