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Qantas Founders Museum

Media Release

4 June 2018


The National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar

The National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar is one of twenty four heritage listed sites to share in more than $4.4 million funding under the Protecting National Historic Sites program for improved conservation, restoration and promotion projects.

The Trustee for the Qantas Foundation Memorial Trust (the parent company to Qantas Founders Museum) has been awarded $70,700 for the “The Qantas Hangar – Restoring our past for the future” Project. This project will:

  • Repair, replace and restore decaying timber flooring, joists, bearers and stumps in three original 1922 Qantas workshops.
  • Restore two sections of the eastern wall of building to their original 1920s design using custom made corrugated sheet metal.
  • Install an automated electric sliding door and ramp to allow wheelchair accessibility to the theatre section of the building.


“The people, movements and moments that changed Australia are captured in these historic sites, they are places where we can reflect on the past and celebrate what we are today,” Minister Frydenberg said.

“This funding will give owners and managers the support they need to maintain these sites, particularly as they age, and share their stories with the community.”

CEO of Qantas Founders Museum, Tony Martin, said “The Qantas Hangar – Restoring our past for the future” Project would protect the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar for future generations to enjoy.

“The National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar is the centre piece of our museum and the story of Qantas as it demonstrates the trials and tribulations of early days of Qantas and civil aviation in Australia, a history which must be projected for future visitors to experience and appreciate,” Mr Martin said

“This project will complete vital restoration recommended in the building’s 2016 Conservation Management Plan, to ensure the preservation of the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar’s fabric and structure and to provide accessibility to the building for all visitors.”



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 at: .



Qantas Founders Museum is a not for profit organisation which tells the story of Australia’s national airline, Qantas Airways, and how it began in Western Queensland in 1920. The museum, which has an annual visitation of 42,000 people, has a variety of exhibits, interactive displays, artefacts and aircraft including an original Qantas Boeing 747, Qantas’ first Boeing 707, a DC3 and a Catalina flying boat together with replicas of early-era aircraft.

To donate to the museum and its projects, go to the Qantas Founders Museum website donation page at: and follow the links or contact the museum by phone on: 07 4658 3737 or email:

 Media Contact: Tony Martin – Qantas Founders Museum –  07 4658 3737.

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