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Sir Hudson Fysh further papers, 1913-1974

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MLMSS 8161 , MLOH 649

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92eJpbbY

Sir Hudson Fysh further papers, 1913-1974

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Sir Hudson Fysh further papers, 1913-1974

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Sir Hudson Fysh further papers, 1913-1974

Date

1913-1974

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MLMSS 8161 , MLOH 649

Record Identifier

92eJpbbY
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0.97 metres of textual material (6 boxes)

4 sound cassettes

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Copyright status : In copyright - This collection has multiple rights owners

Approval for reproduction required : Permission by John Hudson Fysh

Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy John Hudson Fysh

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Contents

BOX 1
Folder 1
Sir Hudson Fysh strong box papers: J. C. [Joyce Chivers] incident, with explanatory note by John Fysh, 1959-1974

Folder 2
Reports, correspondence, and papers primarily relating to issues with Cedric Turner, ca. 1934-1965

Folder 3
Reports, correspondence, and papers primarily relating to an incident between S...

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Sir Hudson Fysh further papers, 1913-1974

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Information upgraded as part of the Manuscripts Unprocessed eRecords Project 2011-2012

CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION

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Presented by John Fysh, January 1996

Administrative / Biographical history

Sir Wilmot Hudson Fysh (1895-1974) was born on 7 January 1895 at Launceston, Tasmania, son of Frederick Wilmot Fysh, merchant, and his wife Mary, daughter of Henry Reed. His great-uncle Sir Philip Fysh was twice premier of Tasmania.

After returning from the war in 1919, Hudson Fysh, with Pat McGinness, another ex-service airman, and Arthur Baird, an engineer, planned to enter the Australian government's £10,000 prize contest for a flight from England to Australia. Unable to proceed because of the death of their financial backer, Sir Samuel McCaughey, Fysh and McGinness were instead commissioned by the government to survey the Longreach (Queensland)-Darwin section of the route: their T-model Ford was the first car to journey overland to the Gulf of Carpentaria. On 16 November 1920 Fysh and McGinness with western Queensland graziers Fergus McMaster, Ainslie Templeton and Alan Campbell formed the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd (QANTAS).

Through the second half of 1921 the company worked to persuade the government to back a regular Charleville-Cloncurry passenger service. In February 1922 QANTAS tendered successfully and the service, with its invaluable mail-subsidy, opened on 2 November with 87-year-old Alexander Kennedy as its first passenger.

He became managing director of QANTAS in 1923, remaining a regular pilot until 1930. In 1921 Fysh had advised John Flynn on the practicalities of a flying-doctor service and in 1928-47 QANTAS piloted an ambulance airplane for the Australian Inland Mission.

On 18 January 1934 QANTAS, in equal partnership with Imperial Airways, founded Qantas Empire Airways Ltd (QEA), with Fysh as managing director. In December 1946 the Australian government acquired the original half-interest of Imperial Airways in QEA and next year became the company's sole owner. Fysh conducted the negotiations and remained managing director and at the same time succeeded McMaster as chairman. He become chairman of the newly formed hotel company Qantas Wentworth Holdings in 1951, and was appointed K.B.E. in 1953.

Hudson Fysh retired as managing director of QEA in 1955, in which year the old QANTAS went into liquidation. He eventually relinquished chairmanship in 1966.

In retirement Fysh wrote an autobiographical trilogy, Qantas Rising (1965), Qantas at War (1968) and Wings to the World (1970). He also published Taming the North (1933), The Log of the Astraea (1933?), Round the Bend in the Stream (1968), a treatise on trout fishing, and Henry Reed: Van Diemen's Land Pioneer (1973).

Fysh died on 6 April 1974, survived by his wife, Elizabeth Eleanor Dove, and by a son, John Hudson Fysh, and daughter, Wendy Elizebeth Fysh.

Reference:
Percival, J., 'Fysh, Sir Wilmot Hudson (1895–1974)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/fysh-sir-wilmot-hudson-6263/text10789 (accessed December 16, 2011)...

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92eJpbbY

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