Charles Kingsford Smith – Fact sheet 196

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, an Australian pioneer of long distance flying
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (A1200, L96364)

Records about Australian pioneer aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (1897–1935) in the collection of the National Archives relate mainly to his historic flights – the loss and recovery of his aircraft, the Southern Cross, in late 1929 (including the loss of the search aircraft, Kookaburra), the establishment of the Australian National Airways in 1930 and the loss of the Southern Cloud in 1931. Records about his defence service and the honours and recognition he received are also held.

Records relating to Charles Kingsford Smith held in Canberra

Selected records held by the National Archives in Canberra are listed in the table below.

Historic flights

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
ItemKingsford Smith and Ulm – Trans-Pacific flight1925–29A458, M314/4
ItemKingsford Smith and Ulm – Trans-Pacific flight – Publicity arrangements1928A458, M314/4 attachment 1
ItemKingsford Smith and Ulm – Trans-Pacific flight – Spares1927–28A458, M314/4 attachment 2
ItemKingsford Smith and Pond – flight from America to Australia1927A1 , 1927/19970
ItemFlight round Australia – Captain Kingsford Smith and Mr Ulm1927A458, W314/4
ItemFlights – Australia to New Zealand – Kingsford Smith1928–35A458, AD314/4
ItemFlights from Australia to England – Kingsford Smith and Ulm1929–30A458, AH314/4
ItemFlight of Captain Kingsford Smith and Mr Ulm from Australia to England1929–33A2910, 406/1/121
ItemKingsford Smith – Ireland to America1930–31A458, AQ314/4
ItemKingsford Smith – England to Australia – solo1930A458, AR314/4
ItemKingsford Smith – Flight to England and return1931–33A458, BN314/4
ItemFlight – Australia to London and return – September 1931 – Air Commodore Kingsford Smith1931–33A2910, 406/1/152
ItemSir Charles Kingsford Smith – flight to the East1932–33A458, CE314/4
ItemSir Charles Kingsford Smith – passenger flight round Australia1933A458, CL314/4
ItemFlights – Sir Charles Kingsford Smith – England-Australia1933A458, CO314/4
ItemKingsford Smith, Sir Charles – Trans-Pacific flight 19341934–35A461, B314/1/7
ItemKingsford Smith – flight to New Zealand 19351935A461, C314/1/7
ItemSir Charles Kingsford Smith – England-Australia flight, 19351935–39A461, D314/1/7

Personal information, honours and recognition

The Kookaburra incident

Southern Cross and Southern Cloud

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
ItemSouthern Cloud1931A458, AG314/1
ItemSouthern Cross1932A458, AN314/1
ItemPurchase of monoplane 'Southern Cross' from Sir Charles Kingsford Smith1935–44A432, 1935/1295
ItemThe Southern Cross – acquisition of for National Museum1935–48A461, C370/1/2

Australian National Airways

Other sources

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