On this day, 6 April 1974, Sir Hudson Fysh, the founder of Qantas airlines, died at the age of 79.
Wilmot Hudson Fysh, with Paul McGinness and Fergus McMaster started Qantas in 1920. Despite government ownership, Fysh became managing director and chairman of Qantas. A committee member of the International Air Transport Association, he became president of the organisation in 1960. He was also one of the founders of the Australian National Travel Association, now known as the Australian Tourist Commission.