God 'Elp All of Us: The Centenary of Ross & Keith Smith's Epic Flight

London to Australia (Rare Books & Special Collections, University of Adelaide Library; photographers Florence Milson, Harold Cazneaux)

In 1919, the South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith and their engineers, James Bennet and Wally Shiers, won the £10,000 prize for the first flight from England to Australia in the largely untried Vickers Vimy aeroplane G-EAOU (dubbed 'God 'Elp All Of Us'). The hazardous journey was completed in 27 days despite bad weather and the lack of instrumentation or radio, using unreliable maps and makeshift landing strips. This courageous feat, portrayed through photographs and memorabilia from the collection of Sir Keith Smith, changed the view of air travel both across the empire and within Australia.

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  • Wheelchair access

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Exhibition

Dates and times

1 May-15 Jun: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm

Location

Lvl 1, Barr Smith Library South, University of Adelaide, North Tce, Adelaide

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Free

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Cheryl Hoskin
8313 5224
cheryl.hoskin [at] adelaide.edu.au

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