On the 20th AUG 1917, Lt. P.G. Taylor Shot down an enemy 2-seater aircraft. The experience changed his mind about war in the air.
Charles Kingsford-Smith became a household name between and after the wars because of his record-breaking Trans-Pacific flights with Charles Ulm and P.G.Taylor, and mysterious disappearance in 1937.
Less known are his experiences as a combat pilot in 1917, where his flying career was forged in the fires of adversity.
Disenchantment with the War and falling living standards led to arguably the greatest industrial unrest in Australia’s History. The National Film and Sound Archive has released footage which includes images of ‘free-labourers’ returning by ferry to their camp at Taronga Zoo, and protesters with placards decrying the use of the zoo as a camp for strike-breakers.
July 31, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the 3rd Ypres campaign, culminating in the wasteful Battle of Passchendaele, which claimed the lives of at least 44 volunteers from, or associated with, the local area, and 1 RFC Pilot who was shot down and captured.