Hoping to secure the Australia-New Zealand leg of the All-Empire Airmail Scheme, Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith attempted to fly some 29,000 mail items between the two countries as part of the 1935 Silver Jubilee celebration.
Damage to the starboard propeller of his aircraft, Southern Cross, forced him to return to Australia with most of the mail being jettisoned.
In this presentation, Dr Neil Donen FRPSL focuses on mail saved, and also covers the mail items scheduled to be included on the return flight from New Zealand. Part of this presentation discusses origins, destinations and rates used for the Trans-Tasman flights. Some interesting philatelic associations, two philatelic firsts, the presentation of some uncommon material and a re-enactment of Patrick Gordon “Bill” Taylor’s dramatic transfer of oil between the airplane engines are all included.
This event was held live via Zoom, and the recording of the event may be viewed here.
In addition, the presentation slide show can be downloaded here.
A handout document with additional information can be downloaded from here.