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Papers of Andrew Lang, 1907-1924, 2013 [manuscript]
Bib ID 571016
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Lang, Andrew, 1888-1924
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1907-2013] 
0.48 (1 box) + 1 folder. 

The MS 1099 collection comprises: 1. Letter, 17-24 Aug. 1922 from Port Moresby to family and friends in Melbourne. 2. Typescript entitled 'Aeroplane piloting in Papua', 1923. 3. Newspaper cuttings, 1919-1922 relating to Lang's record breaking altitude flights in the "Napier Lion" aircraft and his flying expedition with Frank Hurley in Papua in the flying boat "Sea Gull" and the seaplane "Fleetwings". 4. Typescript entitled "Andrew Lang: biographical details: a career precis" by James Rundle (1 folder).

The Acc13.200 instalment comprises the balance of the personal archive of Andrew Lang, as passed into the custody of his friend Eric Rundle and then to his son James Rundle. Includes postcards, photographs, newspaper clippings, flying licence, maps, commemorative folio 'Clifton College 1862-1912', draft article and other manuscript items. Also includes Andrew Lang: An adventurous life, 1888-1924 (2 vols). James Rundle, 2013; and a chronological summary of Lang's career (3 p.), also by James Rundle (1 box).


Auto engineer, aviator, journalist, and reliability motor trial competitor. Born Corowa, NSW, in 1888. Mechanic, motor trade driving instructor, salesman, and chauffeur in pre-war Melbourne and Brisbane, Lang was commissioned in the Royal Flying Corps in 1915. Illness and injury ruled out overseas active service. A flight instructor for the NSW Government, he was Temp. C.O. No. 4 Squadron in 1916 until returning to the UK in Jan 1917. After training squadron home service and work for the Technical Department in the Ministry of Munitions in 1918, he tested single-engine high altitude bombers at Martlesham Experimental Station in Suffolk. On 2 Jan 1919, with an observer, he set a new altitude record (unofficial) in a Napier Lion powered DH 9. He wrote for the Sydney Mail as its motor columnist (‘Napier Lion’), 1920-1924, and for The Pastoral Review (‘Gnome’) from 1913. Undertook pioneer flight-assisted commissions for Lebbeus Hordern from Sydney to Launceston and return in 1921 and for Frank Hurley’s second expedition to Papua in 1922. Lang was killed near Camperdown, VIC, in 1924 while attempting to break the world 24 hour light car touring record.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 1099, MS Acc13.200.

Subjects Lang, Andrew, 1888-1924 -- Archives.  |  Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962.  |  Napier Lion (Aircraft)  |  Sea Gull (Flying boat)  |  Fleetwings (Sea plane)  |  Air pilots -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Air pilots -- Australia -- Biography.
Time Coverage 1907-2013 
Occupation Aviators.
Other authors/contributors Rundle, James


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