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Through Austin Byrne's growing list of aviation contacts, he added a photo album and newspaper clipping scrapbook kept by Charles Ulm’s wife, Mary, to his collection. The album records Kingsford Smith and Ulm’s flight around Australia in 1927, the trans-Pacific flight of 1928 from San Francisco to Brisbane, subsequent media appearances and events, flight to Perth, and finally the trans-Tasman crossing to New Zealand.

Many of the album's pages have become loose and reordered several times over the years, and photographs pasted into the album appear out of order at times, perhaps because Mrs Ulm received prints at different times from a variety of sources. The captions shown are those written in the album, except four pages which are without captions and so identifications have been provided.


"Round Australia Flight", 19th to 29th June 1927. Kingsford Smith and Ulm attempted to break the around Australia flight record of 22 days set by Colonel Brinsmead. Their success in completing the journey in just 10 days and five and a half hours gained valuable publicity for their planned trans-Pacific flight. National Museum of Australia

Finalising Details at Mascot

A Trial Flight at Mascot

At Mascot Aerodrome

The Southern Cross at Los Angeles

Flight Lieut. C.T.P. Ulm. Co-Pilot of "Southern Cross"

Captain Harry Lyon. Navigator of "Southern Cross"

Crew of "Southern Cross" with Friends at Los Angeles

Reception at Honolulu

Home again. Charles & Smithy at Mascot

The Arrival at Essendon, Melbourne

The "Southern Cross" arriving at Perth. On 12 August, the Southern Cross and crew of Kingsford Smith, Ulm, Litchfield and McWilliams completed a non-stop flight from Melbourne to Perth in 21 hours, mostly flying at night

Flight Lieut. C.T.P. Ulm

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