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[Bottle, containing a message which was dropped from the plane by Ross Smith and party on the first flight from England to Australia, and picked up by HMAS Sydney, 1919; with typescript statement by Capt. Cayley of HMAS Sydney, 1922]

Call numbers

SAFE/R 109

Record identifier

YdmdbM49

[Bottle, containing a message which was dropped from the plane by Ross Smith and party on the first flight from England to Australia, and picked up by HMAS Sydney, 1919; with typescript statement by Capt. Cayley of HMAS Sydney, 1922]

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[Bottle, containing a message which was dropped from the plane by Ross Smith and party on the first flight from England to Australia, and picked up by HMAS Sydney, 1919; with typescript statement by Capt. Cayley of HMAS Sydney, 1922]

Full title

[Bottle, containing a message which was dropped from the plane by Ross Smith and party on the first flight from England to Australia, and picked up by HMAS Sydney, 1919; with typescript statement by Capt. Cayley of HMAS Sydney, 1922]

Date

1919; 1922

Call Numbers

SAFE/R 109

Record Identifier

YdmdbM49
Physical Description

Contents

Objects - in string cradle tied to 2.5 cm. diameter metal ring ; Without lid or stopper - 1 square-bodied glass bottle or jar, approx. 16.5 cm. high x 7.8 cm. wide x 7.8 cm. deep, with 7 cm. diameter round mouth Textual Records - approx. 17.7 x 11.3 cm. - Paper bears fingerprints and soiling and thr...

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS

Contents

a. Glass bottle in string cradle
b. Aviators' handwritten message
c. Typescript statement by Capt. Cayley of HMAS Sydney

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Full title

[Bottle, containing a message which was dropped from the plane by Ross Smith and party on the first flight from England to Australia, and picked up by HMAS Sydney, 1919; with typescript statement by Capt. Cayley of HMAS Sydney, 1922]

AUTHORS, ARTISTS AND CONTRIBUTORS

NOTES

General note

Digital order no:Album ID : 823695

Signature / Inscriptions

"The Air / 10/12/19 / Vickers Vimy / The Commander, H.M.A.S. / Very glad to see you. / Many thanks for looking after / us. Going strong. / Keith Smith / Ross Smith / Sgt. J. Bennett / Sgt. W. H. Shiers" -- message dropped in bottle from Vickers Vimy; also transcribed in statement by Capt. H. Cayley accompanying his donation of these items in 1922

CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION

Source

Presented by Capt. H. Cayley, June 1922

Exhibited in

Australian icons: an exhibition of things that make us what we are

Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection

Administrative / Biographical history

The Commonwealth Government announced a prize of £10,000 for the first Australian to fly from England to Australia. Ross and Keith Smith, with mechanics Wally Shier and Jim Bennett, set out from Hounslow, near London, for Australia while flying a Vickers Vimy plane as part of the Great Air Race of 1919. Ross and Keith Smith, claimed the prize when they landed in Darwin, NT, after nearly 136 hours flying time over 28 days

https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories/aviation-australia/vickers-vimy
https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories/aviation-australia/crossing-oceans

The bottle and message are accompanied by a typescript statement by the donor, Capt. H. Cayley, who was in command of HMAS Sydney when the vessel picked up the message...

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PRIMARY IDENTIFIERS

Call Numbers

SAFE/R 109

Record Identifier

YdmdbM49

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Reference code

404739

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