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A story behind the Stinson crash

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000


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Map Group Presentation

A story behind the Stinson crash

Presenter: Philip Castle, historian and journalist

"Why were seven men so keen to fly to Sydney that fateful afternoon?

Many know the amazing story of the Stinson crash on 19 February 1937 on the Lamington Plateau and local hero Bernard O'Reilly's trek to save two survivors. However not many know the stories behind the seven people who took the flight and why they were so keen to take off even with a threatening severe weather pattern (cyclonic) off the coast. Philip Castle, a historian, has looked closely at the cause of the crash and the motives for those who boarded the fateful flight. The talk will include the most likely sequence which led to the crash and the heroism of the initial three survivors and their rescuers.

Philip Castle is a retired print journalist who has three degrees; history and political science, journalism and research masters on PTSD and journalists. He has over 40 years in the media and most recently was a journalism lecturer at QUT. He regularly talks on a range of historical topics including many on Australia's military and historical events and their impact on our nation. 

Cost:- $3.00 towards morning tea.

Limit:-  35.  Registration on the website required. 

Coordinator:-  Len Lowry

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