Airways Museum Open Day 2018
Open Day 2018

Australia and the Empire Air Mail Scheme
is the theme of a new photographic exhibition to be unveiled at the 2018 Open Day at the Airways Museum on Saturday 17 November 2018.

This year is the 80th anniversary of the commencement of Australian participation in the far-sighted and ambitious Empire Air Mail Scheme. The Empire Air Mail Scheme was intended to improve communications throughout the British Empire using a fleet of large, ultra-modern, four-engine flying boats (aircraft with floating hulls). Although the Short S.23 Empire flying boats are primarily remembered today for their luxurious passenger accommodation, their principal job was carrying the mail at greatly reduced rates. Also required was a network of government-run Flying Boat Bases to support these aircraft.

There will be films and guest speakers on the day, and the exhibition will run for one year. As well as the CAHS and private collections, the exhibition will draw on images from the Qantas Heritage Collection.

Programme of activities:

The Museum will be Open 10am-5pm

Time Event


Dr Leigh Edmonds: The Origins of the Empire Air Mail Scheme

Phil Vabre: Groote Eylandt - Australia's Forgotten Flying Boat Base

Please check back closer to the event for programme updates!

Other times

Empire Air Mail Scheme-related films running in the theatrette and display areas

Note: There is limited seating available for the guest speakers.


Entry to the Museum is by gold coin donation. Free tea and coffee is available throughout the day.



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