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First Air Crossing of Bass Strait
First Air Crossing of Bass Strait

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The monument commemorates the first air crossing of Bass Strait from Stanley by Lieutenant Long in 1919.

After having been forced to return to Stanley, which he left on Monday, on account or a heavy northwind, Lieutenant Arthur Long, the Tasmanian airman, resumed his flight this morning at 6.30am, and arrived at Port Melbourne four hours later. He is thus the first aviator to fly across Bass Strait. The distance is about 200 miles.  After making two wide circles over the city, he alighted on Fishermen's Bend alongside Mr. R.G. Carey's aerodrome . It was stated this afternoon that the axle of the machine was greatly damaged when it landed at Torquay, and that repairs would be effected at the aerodrome before Lieutenant Long returned to Tasmania.
Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW ), 17th December 1919.

 

Location

Address:Wharf Road, Henry Hellyer Reserve, Stanley, 7331
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -40.764068
Long: 145.295964
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Actual Event Start Date:16-December-1919
Actual Event End Date:16-December-1919

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1976
Front Inscription

To Commemorate
The First Bass Strait Crossing
By Air From Stanley
BY LIEUT. A. L. LONG 
16th December, 1919
Unveiled By The Premier
(HON. W. A. NEILSON, M.H.A.)
          1976
    Donated By
A.N.Z. Banking Group Ltd.

Source: MA
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