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Papers of Charles Ulm, 1931-1969 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2252811
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Ulm, C. T. P. (Charles Thomas Phillippe), 1897-1934
 
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1931-1969] 
0.69 m. (3 folders) + 2 folios. 
Summary

MS 215 comprises newspaper cuttings relating to the search for Charles Ulm and his crew after his crash landing in the Pacific in 1934, six photographs, a map signed by Ulm, 1931, a souvenir book of flights made by the aircraft Faith in Australia, 1933-1934, the memorandum from Charles Ulm to G.M. Littlejohn, J.L. Skilling, Ayres and Imperial Oil Limited dated 16 November 1934, and the plan of an airfield.

Correspondence in the collection includes a letter from H.P. Brown, Director-General, Postmaster-General's Department, Melbourne, 27 August 1934, written to the Postmaster, Los Angeles, U.S.A., introducing Flight Lieutenant C.T.P. Ulm. Also, the letter from William C. Sloan of Montreal, Quebec, to the Hon. Francis M. Forde, High Commissioner for Australia, dated 26 March 1951, in which Sloan outlines his association with the late Captain Ulm. There is also the chart prepared by J.R. Halligan during Ulm's flight in Faith in Australia from Australia to Papua New Guinea, signed Lae, 30 July 1934, and the covering letter from Halligan donating the chart, dated 20 November 1935 (3 folders, 2 folios).

Biography/History

Charles Ulm was a pioneer Australian aviator. He is best known for his partnership with Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, and was Kingsford-Smith's co-pilot on many of his famous flights, including the 1928 first crossing of the Pacific. Ulm brought his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen to the partnership, acquiring the funding necessary for the journey. Ulm was also Kingsford-Smith's partner in the establishment of Australian National Airways, which subsequently failed. He bought one of the airline's Arvro X aircraft in which he went on to set the speed record for the trip from England to Australia. Ulm also undertook several trans-Tasman flights. Ulm died at sea in 1934 when his plane, the Stella Australis, went down in the Pacific Ocean.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 215.

Related Material Implement used by Charles Ulm to lift planes from the joist; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC OBJ A4000628X LOC Pic Obj Drawer 15.  Charles Ulm national aviation collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/8392. 
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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; B864.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (2 p.) available in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Subjects Ulm, C. T. P. (Charles Thomas Phillippe), 1897-1934 -- Archives.  |  Faith in Australia (Airplane)  |  Air pilots -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Aeronautics -- Australia -- Flights.  |  Aeronautics -- Canada -- Flights.  |  Transpacific flights.
Time Coverage 1931-1969 
Occupation Aviators.
Other authors/contributors Brown, H. P  |  Halligan, J. R

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