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Qantas Founders Museum

Media Release

 17 July 2017


The Department of the Environment and Energy’s 2016-17 Community Heritage and Icons Grant Program has awarded a grant of $10,560 to The Trustee for the Qantas Foundation Memorial Trust, the parent company of Qantas Founders Museum, for a project to enhance community awareness of the significance of the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar.

The project was one of forty nine projects from across the country that will share in more than $1.57 million of funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of places on Australia’s National Heritage List through the 2016-17 rounds of the Protecting National Historic Sites and the Community Heritage and Icons Grants programs. The National Heritage List now comprises of 110 places of outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous significance to Australia.

The National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar project will develop free educational activities for school groups and install pathway signage to create awareness and educate local and visiting communities about the Qantas Hangar’s history. Ten interpretive signs positioned along the pathway to the Hangar will demonstrate the building’s significance as one of Australia’s oldest civil aviation sites and its links to the Qantas founders and early aviation in Australia. The education activities, designed for school groups from years 4-10, will use curriculum subjects of history, geography and science to educate groups about the impact and connection the building had with the establishment of Qantas and Royal Flying Doctor Service, the development of civil aviation, travel and transport.

Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Founders Museum, Tony Martin, said this project was one part of the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar’s Conservation Management Plan.

“The National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar is the centrepiece of our museum and the history of Qantas, therefore it is important we continue to conserve and promote the building’s history in a variety of ways.”

“The new signage and educational activities will be a great addition to the museum’s existing displays and the young visitor programs currently operating at the museum,” Mr Martin said.

The signage for this project is expected to be designed and installed by November 2017 while the educational activities are expected to developed and implemented by June 2018.


Qantas Founders Museum is located in Longreach, Queensland, Australia. It is a not for profit organisation which tells the story of how Australia’s national airline, Qantas Airways, began in Western Queensland in 1920.  The museum has a variety of exhibits, interactive displays, artefacts and aircraft including a Boeing 747, Boeing 707 and DC-3.

Media Contact: Qantas Founders Museum 07 4658 3737.

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