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Qantas Founders Museum

Media Release

 

16 NOVEMBER 2017

NEW INTERACTIVE TABLE DISPLAY UNVEILS THE LIVES OF EARLY QANTAS STAFF

Today, on Qantas’ 97th birthday, Qantas Founders Museum launched the new Interactive Table Display “Qantas: Born of Australia’s ANZAC Spirit” adding another chapter to the many stories of the history of Qantas the museum tells.

The “Qantas: Born of Australia’s ANZAC Spirit” interactive table display will profile the lives of twelve men, generally unknown to everyday Australians, who served in varying capacities during the First World War and on returning home, would become the early founders and employees of the fledgling Outback Queensland airline, Qantas, in the early 1920s

The “Qantas: Born of Australia’s ANZAC Spirit” Project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government which contributed a grant for $66,830 from the Queensland Government’s Anzac Centenary grants.

Curator of Qantas Founders Museum, Tom Harwood, said the interactive table display is an exciting inclusion to Qantas Founders Museum’s collection due to the technology and display methods being used and the new histories being shared.

“This new exhibit is unique not only because of the twelve men it will profile but also in the way their stories will be displayed and can be interacted with by visitors,”

“Early Qantas staff came from all over the country, many having served in the First World War with extraordinary stories of survival. I believe their experience in the war was instrumental in ensuring the airline survived the early formation years,” Mr Harwood said.

Captain Andrew Craig RAN (Retd), Chair of the Queensland Advisory Committee for the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary (QACCAC), said that projects like “Qantas: Born of Australia’s ANZAC Spirit” are tremendously important.

“The Anzac Centenary is an important opportunity for Queenslanders to discover new aspects of our military history and ensures the Anzac spirit is preserved,” he said.

“This new project undertaken by Qantas Founders Museum is particularly special as it clearly demonstrates the positive impact Australian servicemen and women have had on our communities, both on the battlefield and at home.”

The “Qantas: Born of Australia’s ANZAC Spirit” Interactive Project Table Display was built and designed by Sydney-based company Lightwell.

ABOUT QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM

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

Media Contact: Tom Harwood Qantas Founders Museum 07 4658 3737

This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

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