Charles Kingsford Smith ‘Smithy’ is one of Australia’s most famous aviators.
Our Frank Colquhoun Collection includes:
- MHS/FC 181 – 1928 photograph of the visit of Charles Kingsford Smith and his ‘Southern Cross’ to Maylands Airfield (This image also appears on page 13 of Frank Colquhoun’s 2001 book Cockpit and Spanner)
- MHS/FC 360 – a 1931 photograph of the marsh at the Wyndham, WA. showing Charles Kingsford Smith (atop a wing) assisting in refuelling ‘ his Avro Avian VH-UQG ‘Southern Cross Minor from drum fuel prior to taking off on an unsuccessful attempt on the Australia-UK record (This image also appears on page 36 of Frank Colquhoun’s 2001 book Cockpit and Spanner)
We also have:
- a 1921 image of Smithy and other West Australian Airways pilots (all World War I veterans) at Langley Park.
- some WAA statistics during the Smithy period
- an image of Keith Anderson, Bob Hitchcock, Smithy, Mr and Mrs Marshall, and a wellwisher
- an image of Smithy as the pilot of AUDJ wih the Marshalls as his passengers
- an advertisement for Mobiloil featuring Charles Kingsford Smith
- clippings and journal articles about Charles Kingsford Smith
- commemorative coins commemorating Charles Kingsford Smith and his contributions to aviation
- mention of the 1928 visit by Smithy and Southern Cross and his 1934 visit with a Lockheed Altair on the ‘Maylands Aerodrome – Famous visitors’ plaque at Aerodrome Park, Maylands
For more information
- our Charles Kingsford Smith Flickr Album for digitised images and other digitised information.