Air Disaster Canberra: The Plane Crash that Destroyed a Government

1940. Wartime Australia. Key members of Menzies’ government die in a fiery plane crash. What went wrong and what happened next? In August 1940 Australia had been at war for almost a year when a Hudson bomber – the A16-97 – carrying ten people, including three cabinet ministers, crashed into a ridge near Canberra. Over the next twelve months, it became clear that the passing of Geoffrey Street, Sir Henry Gullett and James Fairbairn had destabilised Robert Menzies’ wartime government. As a direct but delayed consequence, John Curtin became prime minister in October 1941. 

Join us as author Andrew Tink tells an engrossing and dramatic tale of a little-known aspect of Australia’s political history.

This event is hosted by the NSW Fabians, in conjunction with the Sydney Society for the Study of Labour History.

  • October 15, 2014 at 6pm – 8pm
  • Level 7, 191-199 Thomas Street
    191-199 Thomas St
    Haymarket, NSW
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  • NSW Fabians


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