The Stinson Memorial Project

The project to build a memorial site on the Burke and Wills Track at Mia Mia, Victoria, commemorating the loss of ten lives in this aircraft crash has taken a few steps forward in recent months.

Witnesses have told their stories, grant applications have been lodged, more site inspections undertaken with the Mayor and staff from the Shire of Mitchell, interviews given to regional radio and the latest development is the launch of a Facebook Page.

The 75th Anniversary of the crash approaches fast – 31st January 2020 will see the unveiling and dedication of the memorial including a ceremonial flypast by members of the Kyneton Aero Club.

Why would we consider a Facebook Page? It’s just one of the ways we are hoping to connect with relatives and interested friends and to keep them apprised of our progress, acknowledge our supporters and to give individuals a means by which they can make personal donations to support the project. There is no guarantee that our grant applications will be successful and there is only so much the ‘in kind’ donations can cover so alternative avenues of funding are critical.

The Stinson in its original configuration. In Australia, they were modified to have two higher powered engines. The plane that crashed was the daily flight between Melbourne and Broken Hill.

If you are interested in the progress of this project, we would be delighted to have you join us on the Facebook page where we will endeavour to keep you up to date with our progress.  If you would care to contribute to the project in any way, please contact us via email (see the address on the page) or make a donation via the bank details in the ABOUT section of the page.

Other information about the early stages of this project can be seen here.

People power…

In no time at all, the power of the people to support a worthwhile project is demonstrated by the success of Mark at Archival Access Victoria.  His proposal to raise a moderate funding base to enable the digitisation of court records has reached its target well ahead of the proposed time frame.

Digitisation of historic records serves several purposes, the least of which is enabling a wide range of people access to records that would otherwise be out of reach.  For historians of any sort – family, local, academic, student – access to primary source material can be difficult to obtain.  Archival Access is changing this.  Thank you, Mark.

Thank you for Supporting History to Country Victoria

Have you considered supporting a project that would otherwise not happen without broader community contribution?

It has always bothered me that so much of the digitization of our historic records is carried out by overseas entities who then charge us for the privilege of being able to view them.

I am pleased to be able to support this digitization project where the work will be carried out by Australians in Australia!

Thank you for Supporting History to Country Victoria.