Recently, I spent a week as a guest at the Powerhouse Museum as part of a mentorship through Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. I was asked to write about an item I discovered while I was there but it’s been a difficult choice.
Being an older bloke who remembers some of what was said about the Leyland P-76 when it was new, I was stunned to find that anybody (Castle Hill Discovery Centre) actually put one on a pedestal!
Less exalted but interesting is the undercarriage leg – the only part ever found – from the ‘Lady Southern Cross’ in which Sir Charles Kingsford Smith died in 1935.
It was fascinating to learn that Gordon Taylor’s Catalina doesn’t just hang from the Powerhouse roof – but helps hold the roof down.
The Discovery Centre storage area has an amazing collection of aero engines and aircraft models.But, sitting quietly is
Few Australian designed aircraft have gone into production and even fewer have had a lengthy production run. The General Aircraft Company, formed at Bankstown in the late 1920s, produced 10 (or 11, depending on which history you believe) Genairco aircraft with wings based on the Avro Avian and a fuselage similar to but wider than de Havilland’s DH-60 Moth.
This one is particularly special because it achieved notoriety as ‘Qantas Founders Museum