Summary

Souvenir badge created in 1934 to commemorate CWA Scott's win in the Melbourne Centennial Air Race. The badge was manufactured by A.E. Patrick, NSW.

The air race was one of the more ambitious celebratory events held during Melbourne's centenary year. It saw 20 aeroplanes set out from Mildenhall near London for Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. The event, proposed by Melbourne's Lord Mayor Harold Gengoult-Smith in 1930, was to demonstrate Australia's close link with England. A sponsor was sought and found in the chocolate manufacturer and self-promoter Sir Macpherson Robertson. He stipulated that the race be named after him and that it 'be organised to be as safe as possible'. The race route covered 18,240 km (11,330 miles) from England to Australia. All competitors were required to land at Baghdad, Allabad, Singapore, Darwin and Charleville. Prizes for the race included 10,000 pounds and a gold cup for the overall winner. English team C.W.A. Scott and T. Campbell Black were the eventual winners, flying through pylons at Flemington Racecourse in front of 40,000 spectators. Eight planes failed to finish the race; Gilman and Baines were killed when their Fairey Fox crashed near Foggia, Italy.

Physical Description

Celluloid covered tin badge with image of Scott and his plane surrounded by text on front.

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