Event honours aviator’s St Marys visits
He was awarded the Air Force Cross and appointed honorary squadron leader of the Royal Australian Air Force.
Shortly after his recordbreaking journey, the passionate aviator began visiting the St Marys district to give joy flights for 10 shillings each as a way of earning more money for him, his wife and son.
At 38, Sir Kingsford-Smith, determined to show the world the future of travel lay in aviation, embarked on what would be his final history-making attempt.
He and his co-pilot JT Pethybridge took off from England on November 6, 1935 and were never seen again. It is believed the plane crashed off the coast of Myanmar while flying at night on the way to Singapore.
Country singer Jonnie Russell is organising the concert in St Marys to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the iconic Australian’s death.
The concert line-up will see the likes of Owen Blundell, Lynda Barnes, Freddy Bowen join Jonnie Russell on stage.
Russell said it was important to honour Sir KingsfordSmith’s work in the area.
“People would come from miles (to take the flights),” he said. “I’ve been talking to the Penrith Council and St Marys Historical Society to get something erected there.”
The concert will be held at The Band Club from 8pm on Saturday. Tickets are available at the door for $15 and $10 for pensioners. For more information, call 9625 0289.
Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith (above) often visited the St Marys area (left) to give joy flights for 10 shillings each, as a way of earning money for his family.