Great Stories from the Great Air Race

The first of five free entertaining and educational talks sharing stories of adventure, bravery, ingenuity and comradery of the Great Air Race begin tomorrow.

Presented by the Darwin Aviation Museum, the five talks follow the ground-breaking journey of the race from its take off in London, its final landing in Darwin and the legacy the Great Air Race had on Australia, Darwin and the aviation industry.

Members of the Aviation Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Ken Lai, Fiona Shanahan and Fiona Douglas, will present the talks which have been created with the support of the Fannie Bay History and Heritage Society.

Aviation Historical Society of the Northern Territory Curator Ken Lai said the series of talks will give the community an understanding of the historical significance of the events around the Great Air Race.

“We hope that these talks will keep the names of Ross and Keith Smith, Wally Shiers, Jim Bennett, Henry Wrigley, Arthur Murphy, Paul McGuiness, and Hudson Fysh in the minds of all Australians,” he said.

“We want to tell the story of the difficulties of such a journey that we today take for granted, and commemorate the beginning of our aviation history that took off in this place 100 years ago.”

Northern Territory Major Events Company General Manager Tim Watsford said the program of Great Air Race talks is an important part of engaging with and educating the community about the race and its significant to Darwin and the aviation industry.

“The stories of adventure that make up the Great Air Race are truly fascinating and I would encourage people of all ages to get along to the presentations to learn more about this incredible aviation feat.”

The presentations will take place from Saturday, 5 October to Saturday, 9 November and will be held at the Northern Territory Library, the Northern Territory Archives Centre and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Seating is limited for each session and those wishing to attend should register online at