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Biographical entry Smith, Keith Macpherson (1890 - 1955)

20 December 1890
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
19 December 1955
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


(Sir) Keith Macpherson Smith and his brother Ross (qv) were the earliest of the long distance flyers. They won the Australian government-sponsored England-Australia Race in 1919, flying a Vickers Vimy aircraft.


Born Adelaide, 20 December 1890. Died Sydney, 19 December 1955. KBE ca 1920. Elder Smith & Co., Adelaide; Royal Air Force 1917-19; flew from England to Australia with his brother Ross (qv) in 28 days, November-December 1919; Australian agent for Vickers ca 1920 until his death; vice-president, British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines; director, Qantas and Tasman Airways. Vice-Chairman, Royal Australian Air Force Recruiting Drive Committee during World War II.

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  • McCarthy, John, 'Smith, Sir Keith Macpherson (1890-1955) and Sir Ross Macpherson (1892-1922), airmen' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Geoffrey Serle, ed., vol. 11 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1988), pp. 654-656. Details


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Rosanne Walker