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Uncovering how aviation transformed Australia

Uncovering how aviation transformed Australia

Image: The Southern Cross, the first plane to fly across the Pacific Ocean, at RAAF base Canberra 1943.

With funding from the ARC’s Linkage Projects scheme, a research team—led by University of Canberra Associate Professor Tracy Ireland—is exploring how aviation has transformed Australian society, and how the technology of global mobility has shaped people, cultures and communities.

In the lead up to Australia’s centenary of civil aviation in 2020–21, this project aims to generate new insights into this transformation, and will build a strong partnership between the aviation industry, community groups and museums.  Working with a multidisciplinary academic team, the researchers will develop under-utilised sources of aviation heritage to communicate their unique stories to the public.

The research team will collaborate with partner organisations, including Airservices Australia and the National Museum of Australia, to develop new innovative public exhibitions and publications. They will also work to conserve and protect key parts of Australia’s aviation heritage for future generations, before it is potentially lost.

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