Bert Hinkler, and Kingsford Smith news

Bert Hinkler, and Kingsford Smith news

Postby emfrat » Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:21 am

Here is a link to Trove, showing two reports on p11 of the Sydney Morning Herald of Jan 12 1933. In column 1, grave concerns for Bert, by then believed missing on an England - Australia flight, and in column 3, the arrival of Southern Cross after crossing the Tasman from Gerringong, NSW. This flight is commemorated by the memorial park shown in my avatar - Seven Mile Beach, seen below the park, was used for the take-off.
The wreckage of Hinkler's plane was later found on a mountainside in Italy by a shepherd boy. The plane was in two main pieces. Hinkler's body was found some 80 metres from the wreck.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/arti ... 48/1153312
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Re: Bert Hinkler, and Kingsford Smith news

Postby Splitpin » Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:33 pm

Great find Mike ....love this sort of stuff. :cheers:
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Re: Bert Hinkler, and Kingsford Smith news

Postby emfrat » Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:50 pm

This is another link, this time to the local paper "The Kiama Independent". An original of this page is displayed under perspex on a concrete pillar on the memorial. I have never owned a camera good enough to be focussed below the surface of the perspex to the newsprint beneath. As you can see, a crease in the page scanned has caused mayhem with the OCR (Optical Character Reader) software, with about 5 characters (including spaces) being lost in the middle of the column, but it is not too hard to work out what they are, and the summary at the left actually has many of them added. I like word puzzles meself, and have sussed out most of them. Let me know if you're baffled B-)

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/arti ... F106002555

There is some more info with pics here: https://www.monumentaustralia.org.au/th ... ford-smith
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Re: Bert Hinkler, and Kingsford Smith news

Postby Splitpin » Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:28 pm

Mike ...you, my friend are a mine of historical information.
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Postby emfrat » Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:32 pm

Splitpin wrote:Mike ...you, my friend are a mine of historical information.
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Trove is a great resource for old newspaper stuff, once you know the date - doesn't have to be exact, their search thingy is very good,
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Re: Bert Hinkler, and Kingsford Smith news

Postby emfrat » Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:59 pm

This is the NZ equivalent: https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers

If you search for Ponrabbel you should find the report of my grandfather and his shipmates being repatriated via NZ after their dredger, en route to Launceston In Tasmania, was sunk in the Indian Ocean by the German raider 'Emden' on Oct 16 1914.
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Re: Bert Hinkler, and Kingsford Smith news

Postby Charl » Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:14 pm

Good Lord, there is someone actually curating all this stuff. :wacko:
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Re: Bert Hinkler, and Kingsford Smith news

Postby emfrat » Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:32 am

Charl wrote:Good Lord, there is someone actually curating all this stuff. :wacko:


It's a good thing somebody is - newspapers are the only sources left for that (WW I) era - no TV or radio, and precious little in terms of newsreels. The big debate today is what storage medium should be used for the digitised papers. CDs might well keep for 100 years, but will the technology to read them still be around? Video tape was great for storing lengthy classical music works, but nobody makes VCRs any more :o

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Re: Bert Hinkler, and Kingsford Smith news

Postby Charl » Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:06 am

Well my last two PC's did not have optical drives.
The Warehouse recently announced they would no longer sell DVD's.
Probably a good thing.
Someone has calculated that there's about 20 Zettabytes of data stored on Planet Earth.
(It goes: Kilo, Mega, Giga, Tera, Peta, Exa, Zetta)
The stack of DVD's required for that would circle the earth 25 times.
My CD rack won't do.

So it'll be up to the likes of Microsoft and Oracle to keep the stuff alive in their Clouds.
Hope they look after everything OK.
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