The National Library Magazine
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Before embarking on the first trans- Pacific flight in 1928, Southern Cross (Fokker F.VII) had belonged to the renowned Australian explorer George Wilkins, who had used it during an abortive Arctic expedition in 1926.
Constructed largely of timber and fabric, the aircraft was specially fitted out for the trans-Pacific flight. In the event of an emergency, the aircraft’s 22-metre-long plywood wing could be used as a giant life raft. Inside the wing was a special compartment that contained rations, a water distiller and a wireless set. Find out more about Southern Cross and the record-breaking flight from California to Queensland in this article.
- Staccato Notes from above the Clouds: The Southern Cross Logbook (401KB PDF File)
- An Australian story: Alice Otton (106KB PDF File)
- A Modern-day Boadicea (305KB PDF File)
- The Rossel Island Massacre (272KB PDF File)
- Lesueur's Jellyfish (399KB PDF File)
- From Australia to Barbados (453KB PDF File)
- The Wartime Correspondence of a Mother and Daughter (245KB PDF File)
- Billy Hughes and His Radical Son (211KB PDF File)
- Lewin: Wild Art (326KB PDF File)
- Friends (413KB PDF File)
- Cover to Cover (3.10MB PDF File)