This December is the 100 year anniversary of the first flight from England to Australia. In 1919, brothers Keith and Ross Smith with mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett, flew a Vickers Vimy biplane from England to Australia in 28 days.
West Torrens Library Service is commemorating this event with a program of free activities.
Friday 4 October, 1pm - 4pm
• Movie screening - Paper Planes (G) with popcorn provided.
Friday 11 October, 10.30am - 12pm
• Come fly with us! Stories, songs and craft. Make a Vickers Vimy model plane to take home or display in the library.
Friday 25 October to Tuesday 5 November
• Epic Flight Centenary display and screening of the footage from the 1919 flight.
Saturday 26 October, 3.45 pm - 6pm
• Meet Aviation Museum President David Byrne and learn all about the 1919 Great Race, the crew of the Vickers Vimy and the future of the Vimy at Adelaide Airport. Bookings essential.
Monday 28 October 7.45 pm
• The West Torrens Historical Society presents ‘Lainie Anderson - Vickers Vimy 100 years’ at Kandahar, 329 Marion Road, North Plympton. Register interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 8356 9768.
Tuesday 29 October and Wednesday 30 October, 10am, 1pm and 2pm
• Bus trips from the Library to the Airport to view the Vickers Vimy biplane. Bookings essential.
Wednesday 30 October and 1 November,
10.30am - 11.30am
• Storytime at the library for kids up to 5 years old.
Find out about the Epic Flight Centenary and make a Vickers Vimy model plane.
Thursday 21 November, 7pm - 9pm
• Meet Lainie Anderson, author of Long Flight Home. Bookings essential.
This retelling of one of the most important chapters in world aviation history is through the eyes of the 1919 Epic Flight mechanic Wally Shiers and based on war diaries, letters, and Churchill Fellowship research from along the race route.