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Biographical entry Smith, Keith Macpherson (1890 - 1955)

Born
20 December 1890
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died
19 December 1955
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Aviator

Summary

(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.

Details

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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Book Sections

  • McCarthy, John, 'Smith, Sir Keith Macpherson (1890-1955) and Sir Ross Macpherson (1892-1922), airmen', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 654-656. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110674b.htm. Details

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See also

Rosanne Walker