Nov 6, 2008

Lyttelton 3 January 1938

The Imperial Airways Short S23 C Class Flying Boat G-ADUT Centaurus at the port of Lyttelton on the 3rd of January, 1938 (with a coal hulk and a coastal collier at Gladstone Pier in the middle background).

Centaurus Road in the Christchurch suburb of Cashmere was named to commemorate this first visit of a flying-boat to the South Island.

Delivered in December 1936 the aircraft carried 5 crew, 17 passengers, and 2035 kg of mail. There was sleeping accommodation on night flights for 12 passengers.

Seconded to the Royal Australian Air Force in September 1939, she was sunk at her mooring in Roebuck Bay during a Japanese air raid on Broome on the 3rd of March 1942.

From the photograph album of Ray Burgess and Elsie Mulholland published by John Willoughby of Didcot, Oxfordshire, England.

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