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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 […]


WHO WAS PAUL McGINNESS? by Museum Curator Tom Harwood The other founders of QANTAS called Paul Joseph McGinness (PJM) ‘the spark of QANTAS’, because he first had the idea and the passion to pursue it, but what’s his story? Not even he seemed to know the exact date but PJM was born in the Ballangeich […]


Australia’s Prime Minister Billy Hughes spent Christmas 1918 at Cobham Hall which was being used as a convalescent hospital for Army officers in Kent, England. The Commandant was Australian-born Florence Bligh, then Lady Darnley who, on Boxing Day, persuaded Hughes to have a conversation with Australian patients Captains John Finlay, John Leahy and Robert McKenzie […]

Happy 90th Birthday to the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Ninety years ago today (15 May), pilot Arthur Affleck and Doctor Kenyon St Vincent Welch flew in the first Qantas DH-50A from Longreach to Cloncurry to launch the Australian Inland Mission (AIM) Aerial Medical Service. The aeroplane had been named ‘Hermes’ as an airliner but was renamed ‘Victory’, partly to honour Hugh Victor McKay a […]

Are you a descendant of Alexander Kennedy?

The Qantas Founders Museum has been contacted by a gentleman called Jim Kennedy who is trying to trace descendants of Alexander Kennedy or his brothers James Duff Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. For those who do not know, Alexander Kennedy was vital in the establishment of Qantas by purchasing £250 of shares in the company in […]

Media Release: Western Queensland towns celebrate their Qantas heritage for the 95th Anniversary of Qantas

Media Release  9 November 2015 Western Queensland towns celebrate their Qantas heritage for the 95th Anniversary of Qantas Western Queensland communities of Charleville, Longreach, Winton, McKinlay and Cloncurry will each host an event to commemorate the 95th Anniversary of Qantas Airways and highlight how their town, like many in Western Queensland, were vital to the […]