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1928 Transpacific airmen menu

Object type
Menus

Object number
2007.0060.0001

Description
A menu that consists of a single cream coloured card, printed with The Ambassadors restaurant logo set into a faded green border with a luncheon menu printed in blue. Kingsford Smith's signature is in pencil, while Ulm, Warner and Lyon have signed in black ink. The menu reads "MILLIONS CLUB OF NEW SOUTH WALES / Luncheon / In Honor of the Trans-Pacific Airmen / CAPTAIN KINGSFORD-SMITH / Messrs.C.T.P ULM, WARNER & LYON / MENU / Crème St. Germain aux Crotons / Cotelette d'Agneau Panee / Pommes Pont-Neuf / Macedoine de Legumes / Apple Pie a la Crème / Café / June 19, 1928". The menu is in a thin brown wood frame that is damaged. Pieces of the frame are flaking away on the right side and in the bottom right hand corner. The reverse of the frame is extremely fragile and it has a sticker attached to it that reads "Geo. Styles / PICTURE FRAME MAKERS / 15 Rowe St. Sydney / PHONE [B26---]". At the top of the label is a coat of arms with text above and below which reads "By Special Appointment to / His Excellency the Governor".

Collection name
Alec Hill collection

Collection statement of significance

The Gerald Ashby Hill Collection consists of a menu from the 'Luncheon in Honor of the Trans-Pacific Airmen' held by the Millions Club of NSW, dated 19 June 1928. The menu was autographed by all four airmen on the first ever flight across the Pacific Ocean: Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm, Harry Lyon and Jim Warner. The menu consists of a framed off-white card, printed with The Ambassadors restaurant logo set into a border with the luncheon menu printed in blue. Kingsford Smith's signature is in pencil, while Ulm, Warner and Lyon have signed in black ink.

The first transpacific flight from Oakland, California to Brisbane accumulated almost 83 flying hours and included the longest ever flight over water at that time. It was an event of great significance to Australians, not only for its heroism, but also for restoring confidence in air travel as a viable form of transport. The celebration of this flight by the Millions Club of NSW, an organization concerned with immigration, is an example of how the development of aviation has had a profound influence on the way Australians saw themselves in a global context. Australia became less isolated, and, though collaboration with the Americans on the flight, an equal partner with another strong nation.

Associated person
Sir Charles E. Kingsford Smith

Associated person
Mr Charles T. Ulm

Associated person
James Warner

Associated person
Captain Harry Lyon

Associated person
Lieutenant-Commander Gerald A. Hill

Place of event
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Millions Club of NSW

Date of event
19/06/1928

Materials
Card, Wood

Dimensions
Width: 255mm
Height: 353mm
Depth: 4mm



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