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The Mighty Sunderland Flying Boat by Denis Smith (COSHA)

The Mighty Sunderland Flying Boat by Denis Smith (COSHA)

Date & Time

April 9, 2022 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Event Organiser: City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA)


Date: Saturday, 9th April 2022

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
Henry Carmichael Theatre, Level 1

Cost: Booking not required. Admission members $5, Visitors $10. Contact COSHA for payment info.


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Everyone Welcome

No bookings required

Short Sunderland flying boat in hangar – Rose Bay, NSW. Source: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales (Y0K0XxN1).


The mighty Sunderland Flying Boat in War and Peace”

Speaker – Denis Smith


In 1939 10 Squadron went to England to collect nine brand new Sunderland flying boats and to fly them back to Australia. War broke out just as they arrived in England so Australia loaned the nine flying boats and all their crews to RAF Coastal command. They spent the whole war chasing and sinking U Boats in the South Atlantic. Denis Smith will show actual film footage of the crew arriving in England flying Sunderlands and sinking Uboats.

In peace time flying boats operated from Rose Bay. A trans-Tasman flying boat service began in April 1940 which at its peak, saw a fleet of four Sandringhams servicing the route and making the seven hour crossing to Auckland. Services to Lord Howe Island, Fiji and Tahiti were introduced. The final commercial flight from Rose Bay, an Ansett service to Lord Howe Island, left on 10th September 1974, closing a brief but important chapter in Australia’s aviation history. The site of the Rose Bay flying boat terminal is today used by a company offering joy rides in a float plane

Retired engineer Denis Smith acquired an interest in aviation history and Sunderlands in particular after his uncle returned home from 10 Squadron after WW2.

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Date & Time

April 9, 2022 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

Henry Carmichael Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

Level 1


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