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WHO WAS PAUL McGINNESS?

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 […]

THE COUNTRY DRIVE THAT CREATED AN AIRLINE

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 […]