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Qantas Founders Museum

Media Release

1 June 2018


Left to Right: Jonathan Fisher, CEO, National Trust of Australia Queensland , Lisa Rohweder, State Manager, Ansvar Insurance and Dr Geraldine Mate Director of Qantas Foundation Memorial Board (parent company to the Qantas Founders Museum)

Qantas Founders Museum has won Gold in the Conservation Works category for the “Restoration of the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar” Project at the 2018 National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards held in Brisbane on 31 May 2018.

The National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards Conservation Works Category is awarded to projects that demonstrate excellence in undertaking conservation works to a place in Queensland entered on a heritage register or otherwise recognised for its cultural heritage significance. These Awards recognise the valuable contribution of owners, consultants, builders and tradespeople.

The Restoration of the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar Project sought to implement the recommendations of the 2016 Conservation Management Plan including repainting the building, replacing and installing guttering and repairing the hangar doors.  The project, which was completed in 2017, comprised of the largest conservation works to this National Heritage place since 1995.  It has inspired further conservation works and extended the heritage experience of the Museum team.

Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the occasion honoured government agencies, councils, organisations, companies and individuals who help protect, preserve and value our state’s heritage.

“By conserving our heritage buildings and spaces, we not only protect physical objects and places, we protect our history, our achievements, our knowledge of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come, and our sense of place,” she said.

“But government can only do so much and we value the excellent work of others, often volunteers, in keeping alive the history of our valuable assets.”

CEO of Qantas Founders Museum, Tony Martin, said Qantas Founders Museum was honoured to receive recognition for the restoration project at the National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards.

“The National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar is incredibly significant not only to our community but to all Australians and as custodians of the heritage of Qantas, the restoration of this iconic building is vital to telling the history of Qantas, especially as we approach the Qantas Airways centenary in 2020,” Mr Martin said

“The museum strives to be a great attraction in Outback Queensland where we provide good customer service, value for money and ensure the story of Qantas Airways and its beginnings in Western Queensland are shared with our visitors and preserved for future generations.”

The Restoration of the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar Project was funded by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Community Sustainability Action Grant Program. The Project duration was from March 2017 – October 2017.

The National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar was completed in August 1922 and is the oldest civil aviation building in Australia. Qantas operated in this building from 1922 – 1930 and the Qantas Founders Museum has restored the building to resemble what working conditions were like for early Qantas staff members in the 1920s. The Qantas Hangar is significant for its role in the establishment of Qantas, early civil aviation and for its connection with the founders of Qantas and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Information about the National Heritage Listing of the Qantas Hangar can be found: .


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