Sir Charles Kingsford Smith 1935 (AD)
Other Details: This medal was made in 1935 to commemorate the loss of Charles Kingsford-Smith, then considered the world's greatest aviator. He made numerous record-breaking flights, and on the last of these lost his life. He left England on 6 November 1935 with Tommy Pethybridge on what was to be his last record-breaking attempt to fly from England to Australia. The plane disappeared over the Bay of Bengal on 9 November and has never been found. The reverse of the medal shows his plane 'Southern Cross', which he flew from America to Australia with Charles Ulm in record time in 1928.
Portrait of Sir Charles in flying kit; around, .SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD-SMITH."AVIATOR". in exergue, 9TH FEB. 1897 - / 9TH NOV. 1935 STOKES MELB.
"Southern Cross" flying 3/4 left, clouds behind; around below; THE SOUTHERN CROSS / . TRANS-PACIFIC. .TRANS-TASMAN.; around above; ENGLAND - AUSTRALIA, TRANS-ATLANTIC
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
Exhibition Collection Management
4 mm (Length), 50 mm (Outside Diameter)
4 mm (Height), 50 mm (Outside Diameter)
Measurement From Conservation.
[Book] Carlisle, Leslie J. 1983. Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788.