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ARTHUR VIGERS – WEDGED INTO THE 1923 STORY

Arthur Whitehair Vigers, nicknamed ‘Wiggy’ or ‘Wedge’, depending on whose story you believe was only a part of QANTAS for a few months but he rated two mentions in Sir Hudson Fysh’s book, ‘QANTAS Rising’ – and neither was for a particularly good reason. He broke the Bristol Fighter the first time he flew it […]

100 YEARS OF WHAT?

100 YEARS OF WHAT? By Museum Curator Tom Harwood It seems there’s some confusion about exactly what 2020 is the hundredth anniversary of in the Qantas story. Some can be attributed to publicity which has come from Qantas itself over the years so let’s try to sort things out and establish just what we should […]

LONGREACH QANTAS CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS TO GO AHEAD

On 16 November 2020, Australia’s national airline, Qantas, will turn 100 and there is no better place to celebrate the centenary than at Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach, Outback Queensland. Qantas Founders Museum is proud to announce its Qantas Centenary celebrations will go ahead on 16 November 2020 and is encouraging travellers to visit Outback […]

FRANK McNALLY – AN ACCIDENTAL BONUS

FRANK McNALLY – AN ACCIDENTAL BONUS by Museum Curator Tom Harwood You don’t have to be around the early QANTAS story for long before you become aware of two photos. One shows three mechanics, one in a flat cap and another wearing a tie, working on a Beardmore engine at the front of the Longreach […]

RESTRICTED MCGINNESS RESTAURANT MENU 6-17 OCTOBER 2020

To Our Valued Customers Please be advised from Tuesday 6 October to Saturday 17 October 2020, the Museum’s McGinness’ Restaurant will have the following changes to its operations and menu: From Tuesday 6 October to Friday 9 October 2020, there will be a restricted menu of cakes, scones, sandwiches and sushi. All beverages including coffees, […]

Who was Hudson Fysh

WHO WAS HUDSON FYSH? by Museum Curator Tom Harwood If there’s one name which tends to be seen as synonymous with the early days of QANTAS, it’s Hudson Fysh, but how much more do you know than that? Let’s find out. Wilmot Hudson Fysh was born, the eldest of four children of Frederick Wilmot Fysh […]

BOOK AHEAD THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The School Holidays have begun and we are thrilled you are travelling through the Outback Queensland region and planning to visit our Museum. However if you are planning to visit our Museum, YOU NEED TO BOOK AHEAD! Under our Covid Management Plan, there are restrictions on the numbers of people that can visit our Museum […]

SIR FERGUS McMASTER’S VERSION OF THE BEGINNING

Early in February 2020, Sir Fergus McMaster’s daughter-in-law, the widow of his son, Duncan, moved to a nursing home. During the clean-up, the family found, at the bottom a drawer, a document they thought had long been lost – a carbon copy of notes Sir Fergus had dictated to Duncan in the late 1940s about […]

QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM WINS 2020 TRIPADVISOR CHOICE AWARD

Qantas Founders Museum has been recognised as one of the top 10% attractions world wide based on Outstanding 2019 Traveller Reviews. Qantas Founders Museum is excited to announce it has been recognized as a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award-winner. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award […]

FREE ENTRY FOR CURRENT AND PAST QANTAS STAFF

Are you a current or past Qantas staff member? Did you know if you visit our Museum you can receive free entry to the Museum and a discount price for our Airpark Tour? 2020 is the centenary of Qantas and where better to celebrate this incredible milestone than in Longreach, where Qantas started operating from […]