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Australian History

Thursday, July 16, 1914. :   Australia's first interstate air mail departs Melbourne.

     The first domestic airmail service in Australia departed from Melbourne on 16 July 1914. The airmail was flown from Melbourne to Sydney by French aviator Maurice Guillaux. The first airmail from overseas arrived in Darwin from England in a war-surplus Vickers Vimy bomber in 1919 piloted by a WW1 Ace, Ross Smith and his brother Keith.

It was another twelve years before the first official overseas air mail service from Australia commenced. The first official air mail flight from Australia to England took place in 1931 and consisted of 25 bags, weighing a total of about 300 kilograms. The first aircraft to carry the mail overseas was supposed to have been an Imperial Airways flight, but it was forced to make an emergency landing on Timor. Thus, aviator Charles Kingsford Smith was called in to fly from Darwin to Burma in 'The Southern Cross' in order to meet up with the Imperial Airways craft which then carried the mail to England.


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Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God who does not change.
James 1:17 (c) GNB
There is a God in heaven with special blessings for you. If only you would hold out your hands to receive them.

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