Charles Kingsford Smith on arrival at Croydon, England, with some of the fifty thousand letters of the first Christmas airmail from Australia to England, c 1931

Queensland State Archives posted a photo:

Taken from The Mercury, Monday January 1932:


Lionised on Reaching London

His Great Performances

(From a Tasmanian in London).

LONDON, December 17.
Australian doggesness and endurance, notable in many diverse directions – and especially in was and sport – for achieving what well might have been deemed the impossible, fulfilled the first half of the ideal for the first “there and back” Anglo-Australian Christmas airmail being a wholly Australian venture. And behind that fine achievement stands principally the personality and courage of Air-Commodore Kingsford Smith, hero of four flights between England and Australia – somebody said that he knew the way now as well as any suburban-dweller knows the way to the railway station – besides equally outstanding journeys across the Atlantic and pacific oceans. And it is by virtue of the two historic flights that have ended in London during the last few days that “Bert” Hinkler and

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