South Australians came together on 10 December 2019 to celebrate the centenary of the Darwin landing and re-dedicate the Sir Ross Smith Memorial Statue, created following his tragic death in 1922. The event, hosted by The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor and History Trust of SA Chief Executive Greg Mackie OAM, was held in Creswell Gardens beside Adelaide Oval. This site was chosen for the monument in the 1920s to symbolise the aviator’s love of South Australia, his service and sacrifice, and his sporting prowess.

Following the re-dedication ceremony, a celebratory morning tea was held at the Torrens Parade Ground Drill Hall to toast the Smith crew and their pioneering achievement 100 years earlier.

Photos above courtesy the Department of Defence.

Photos courtesy EFC2019 Committee member David Figg.