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The prime minister with 'Faith in Australia'

Tasmanian Joseph Lyons was the first politician to campaign by aeroplane, in the 1934 federal election. The airport at Canberra had been opened only three years before, in 1931.

Kingsford Smith's Fokker Trimotor type FV111 B/3M aircraft, Southern Cross after landing at the air force landing ground near Duntroon (now Fairbairn).

Kingsford Smith's Fokker Trimotor type FV111 B/3M aircraft, Southern Cross after landing at the air force landing ground near Duntroon (now Fairbairn).


NAA: A3560, 4163

The first crossing of the Pacific Ocean by aircraft was made in 1928 by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (second from right), pictured here on arrival in Brisbane after the 83 hour flight on 8 June 1928 with: (l to r) Captain H Lyon (navigator), Charles Ulm (co-pilot), and radio operator John Warner.

The first crossing of the Pacific Ocean by aircraft was made in 1928 by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (second from right), pictured here on arrival in Brisbane after the 83 hour flight on 8 June 1928 with: (l to r) Captain H Lyon (navigator), Charles Ulm (co-pilot), and radio operator John Warner


NAA: A1200, L36324

His pilot was Charles Ulm. The plane was the modified Avro Ten VH-UXX ‘Faith in Australia’ in which Ulm had set the England–Australia record in October 1933.


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Did you know ...

The prime minister must be a member of the House of Representatives. One prime minister, John Gorton, was a senator when elected leader of the Liberal Party while they were in government. He was sworn in on 10 January 1968, but did not become an MHR until six weeks later, after he won the late Harold Holt's seat of Higgins in a by-election on 24 February 1968.

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