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Why Did the Seven Fly on the Stinson That Day?

May 12 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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Many know the amazing story of the Stinson crash on 19 February 1937 on the Lamington Plateau and local hero Bernard O’Reilly’s trek to save two survivors. However, not many know the stories behind the seven people who took the flight and why they were so keen to take off even with a threatening severe weather pattern (cyclonic) off the coast.

Philip Castle, an historian, has looked closely at the cause of the crash and the motives for those who boarded the fateful flight. These range from the co-pilot having a hot date, to an ill mining magnate just wanting to go home to bed, an English cricket tragic desperate to go to a Bradman test, a dubious money laundry runner to the Randwick races, and a US businessman who wanted to celebrate his birthday with his family. The talk will also include the most likely sequence which led to the crash and the heroism of the initial three survivors and their rescuers.

Philip Castle is a retired print journalist who has three degrees; history and political science, journalism and a research masters on PTSD and journalists. He has over 40 years in the media and most recently was a journalism lecturer at QUT. He regularly gives talks on a range of historical topics including many on Australia’s military conflicts and their impact on our nation.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, we are unable to offer the usual tea and sandwiches; you are welcome to bring your own drink with you. Thank you for understanding.

Booking is essential.


May 12
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


The Royal Historical Society of Queensland


Commissariat Store Museum
115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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