Sir Ross Smith Commemoration Service
Saturday 15 June, 2019
10.45am - 12.00pm
St Peters Cathedral
King William Rd
Source: State Library of SA
Under the auspice of the History Trust of South Australia, the Epic Flight Centenary in 2019 is celebrating the centenary of South Australia’s own Smith Brother’s Epic Flight from England to Australia in 1919. A rolling program of events is being held throughout the year acknowledging the extraordinary achievement and inspiring South Australians to strive for new horizons.
Sir Ross Smith is one of Australia’s most distinguished airmen having served with distinction during World War 1 and then winning the 1919 Great Air Race with his brother piloting the renowned Vickers Vimy aircraft now on display at Adelaide Airport – a feat unparalleled at the time. He tragically died in 1922 preparing for another epic flight. His funeral at St Peter’s Cathedral on 15 June 1922 brought Adelaide to a standstill with 100,000 people lining the streets to pay their respects.
RAAF Edinburgh is joining with the RAAF Association (South Australia) and the History Trust of South Australia, to hold the Sir Ross Smith Commemoration Service at St Peter’s Cathedral on Saturday 15 June, 2019, from 11:00am – 12:00pm. Attendees are requested to be at the Cathedral by 10:45am.
Join us for this special service to honour Sir Ross Smith and the Epic Flight and the opportunity to view an Epic Flight Centenary display afterwards in the Cathedral.
Free parking will be available in the University Lane car park, entry off Pennington Terrace, directly opposite the Cathedral, for those attending the service.
To attend this special event, please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sir-ross-smith-commemoration-service-tickets-59361069557?fbclid=IwAR0f8TfhZvpX_rMsaxQld7sZs_tReq1Y2VN97Fz1okNIEjIk37IHiUAObbo