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11 January 2014

On this Day in 1933

220px-CEKSmith Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.
At 2.50am on the 11th of January 1933, The Southern Cross prepared for take off along Seven Mile beach at Gerroa, watched by a cheering crowd of more than 1000 people, some of which had their headlights on to assist with the take off.

Much of the Shoalhaven came together to celebrate the start of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith's historic flight from seven-Mile beach, Gerroa to New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1933.

smity seven mile

‘Smithy” as he was often called and his two crew completed the first commercial trans-Tasman flight in 14 hours and 10 minutes.

A local businessman then aged 10, recalls the occasion.
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