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Blog post from Friday, 17 April, 2015

On this day, 17th April 1935, the Australian airline, Qantas operated its first overseas passenger flight.

Qantas was formerly an acronym for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”. Qantas was founded in Queensland on 16 November 1920, and operated air mail services subsidized by the Australian government. In 1934, QANTAS Limited and Britain’s Imperial Airways, forerunner of British Airways, formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited. QEA commenced services between Brisbane and Singapore using deHavilland DH-86 Commonwealth Airliners. On 17 April 1935, the first overseas passenger flight from Brisbane to Singapore was operated in a journey which took four days.

This image is from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales Brisbane-Singapore air service (DH 86) advertisement / H.B. Green & Co.
Sir Hudson Fysh lantern slides.

The State Library of New South Wales holds collections of papers and photographs from Sir Hudson Fysh relating to the history of Qantas.