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Ernie Crome interviewed by Fred Morton for the Fred Morton collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2948509
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Crome, E. A. (Ernest Alfred), 1902-1987, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Available for reference only. 
Description 1977 Aug 
8 sound tape reels (ca. 116 min.) 
Series

Fred Morton collection.

Summary

Reel 2 side 1. Ernie Crome speaks about Kingsford-Smith and his flights; Meeting with Kingsford-Smith and Ulm in 1928; first associations with aviation from 1911; beginnings of letter airmail for him; character of Kingsford-Smith; association of Kingsford-Smith with Ulm; history of Southern Cross before Kingsford-Smith owned it and his association with Sir Hubert Wilson; Australian scepticism; Keith Anderson; significance of trans-Pacific flight; Australian National Airways; pilots with A.N.A.; first mail flight to England; character of Kingsford-Smith; Coffee Royal incident; liaison between Kingsford-Smith and A. Fokker; completion of first flight circum-navigation of globe; world-wide veneration of Kingsford-Smith; 'The Smithy Book'. Side 2. First unofficial airmail; Ulm sworn in as postmaster in New Zealand; Australian government subsidies to early airways companies; 1935 Jubilee airmail; breakdown of Ulm's plane 'The Face of Australia' on Transcontinental Airways mail run; the fate of the Southern Cross; E. Cromes requests for letters to be carried; Kingsford-Smith as musician and poet; last flight in Lady Southern Cross; problems of naming and getting Lady Southern Cross to Mascot; criticism of Kingsford-Smith's preference for non-British aircraft; Qantas air-mail service to U.K.

Biography/History

Ernie Crome - leading philatelist

Notes

This is part of a collection of interviews concerning Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary available. 
Subjects Crome, E. A. (Ernest Alfred), 1902-1987. -- Interviews.  |  Australian National Airways.
Other authors/contributors Kingsford-Smith, Charles, 1897-1935  |  Ulm, C. T. P. (Charles Thomas Phillippe), 1897-1934  |  Morton, Fred, 1922-, Interviewer  |  Wilson, Hubert, Sir  |  Fokker. A

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