Mayor Denis Cook and Henry Richard Maris celebrated the occasion. Photo Andrew Messenger / Western Times
Mayor Denis Cook and Henry Richard Maris celebrated the occasion. Photo Andrew Messenger / Western Times Andrew Messenger

Qantas, build a museum!

MURWEH shire mayor Denis Cook wants Qantas to build a museum to match the RFDS and Cosmos.

Charleville is the home of Qantas.

Of course every town west of Toowoomba claims to be the home of Qantas, Australia's first flag carrier.

Its offices were founded in Winton, the museum is in Longreach and the incorporation papers were signed in Brisbane 95 years ago Monday.

The airline celebrated its birthday in style, with free booze in the air and red velvet cake on the ground.

It was served to a crowd of well-wishers (and passengers) gathered at Charleville airport, the symbolic place marking the birth of the company.

Charleville, of course, was the origin of Qantas' very first flight, leaving the town in 1922, making this its one and true home.

Murweh Shire Mayor Denis Cook used the opportunity to push for a museum marking the fact.

"I'm now inviting Qantas to join with the Charleville community and the Murweh shire community to place a new centre at the Charleville airport," Cr Cook said.

"The Flying Doctor has a new centre here with the museum, the Americans were here with a new museum and council will have a new terminal.

"So I'm asking Qantas - join with us, put an aircraft museum here with us."

Monique Johnson from the Cosmos Centre said a Charleville figure was instrumental in the early company.

"Harry Corones actually held shares with Qantas," she said.

"He was very involved with Qantas.

"(The company) was a private concern.

"It was by Paul McGuinness, Hudson Fysh, Fergus McMaster and Arthur Baird.

"[The first flight in 1922] took off from Charleville for the official mail service.

"It picked up its very first paying passenger in Longreach and continued on to Cloncurry."

The flight picked up a Mr A Kennedy in Longreach and took him to Cloncurry.


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