Scope and Content
The papers of Charles Kingsford-Smith include: the log of the Southern Cross kept by Charles Ulm on the flight across the Pacific from Oakland, California to Brisbane, 31 May-9 June 1928; the log of the Southern Cross from Australia to New Zealand and back, 1928; the log of the Southern Cross covering flights between 3 April 1931-7 January 1934; the log of the Southern Cross VH.USU port engine, 3 April 1931-13 May 1935; part of the log of the Australia-England flight, September-October 1931 (5 loose pages); and pilots' flying log books, 27 March-13 July 1917, kept by Kingsford-Smith while he was in No. 8 Reserve Squadron Royal Flying Corps. Other material includes photographs, radio messages from the Southern Cross, 1928, registration certificate no. 210 for aircraft Fokker F7 VH.USU, dated 20 September 1934 and leaflets seeking information on the disappearance of Kingsford-Smith in 1935.
The papers are an artificial collection, drawn from several sources, and the arrangement has been imposed by the Library. In 2009 the finding aid was published online and amended slightly to more accurately reflect the existing physical arrangement of the collection. The container list at the end of this finding aid is arranged by item number and includes both the new and original folder numbers.
The container list includes an item which has been missing from the collection apparently since the 1980s. The details are: Item 28. Map of the Pacific Ocean on which the flight of the Southern Cross was mapped at 2BL Broadcasting Station, New South Wales, signed Ray Allsop, Chief Engineer and Thomas A.E. McNeil, Asst Engineer, 9 June 1928
The collection is available for research. Not for loan.
The papers of Charles Kingsford-Smith have been progressively added to by a number of donors since the initial donation of the trans-Pacific flight logbook of the Southern Cross by Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm in 1928. The names of donors can be supplied on application to the Manuscripts Branch.
Copying and Publishing
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Further Manuscript Collection material relating to Charles Kingsford-Smith can be found in the following collections: the Papers of Norman Ellison (MS 1882); a chart and receipt from 1933 (MS 7547); the Papers of Charles Kingsford-Smith (MS 5918); letters of tribute to Charles Kingsford-Smith (MS 2787); the E.A. Crome collection relating to aviation in Australia (MS 1925); and newspaper cuttings (MS 5312).
Navigation charts used by Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith in the 1928 crossing of the Pacific are held in the Map Collection (MAP RM 2811/1-7).
The Oral History Collection includes: sound recordings of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith's arrival in Australia (ORAL TRC 39/1); of Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm on their trans-Pacific flight in 1928 (ORAL TRC 39/2); and an interview with the collector Ernie Crome about Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith (ORAL TRC 575/2).
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Charles Kingsford-Smith, National Library of Australia, MS 209, [series and/or folder number]'.