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Adelaide Mail (Newspaper) - October 10, 1936, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia Haig s 1 Scotland s 1 j oldest j whisky i How fliers were saved Pilot s account of grim ordeal misled by bearings Melbourne. Saturday. How two 1,000-to-one chances saved the members of Mono spar Croydon s Crew from almost certain death after they had lost their Way across the timor is told in a wireless message received in Melbourne today from the Pilot h. Wood. Claiming that the plane had been misled by wireless bearings from Darwin Pilot Wood said that the Mono spar located a Coral reef and after reconnoitre no landed with the petrol Supply almost exhausted. Pilot Wood s message came from the British tramp Steamer Niroda which picked up the fliers from a native fish ing Craft and which is. Travelling. Tor wards Durban. The message treacle misted by wireless bearings from Darwin located Coral reef after 3% hours flying. Wireless communications had failed due to heavy atmospherics. Using reef As base we reconnoitre in each direction till the petrol was almost exhausted. Then successfully landed on Rock strewn reef. Damaged Tail wheel casting while taxi ing out of the water on to a higher portion of reel waded a mile through Large pools infested with giant clams and Small Sharks to a native fishing boat which showed signs of departing. Spent most of the Day persuading them to take us on Board. They did not understand English consequently our dilemma. The tide was coming in very quickly. Left that night and spent 55 hours on the native Craft in the worst possible conditions. Suffered shortage of food and water. The whole Crew was magnificent in sharing hardships. We were finally rescued in an exhausted Condi Tion by capt. Sadler of . Niroda striking feature this radio message from Pilot Wood who. With messes. F. F. Crocombe de signer. L. Davies engine Rand c. P. Gilroy radio operators now travelling toward Durban in the in Moda was received today by or. H. A. Rigby representative in Australia of the plane s manufacturers. The 55 hours Given As the time spent in the native vessel the . Gambor Boelen. Is apparently a transmission error for. If it were Correct it would mean that the plane s Crew left by the fishing boat As soon As they had landed on the reef. The most striking feature of the Story is that the men Are alive and Safe now Only because of two 1,000 to 1 chances that they sighted the tiny Serin Kapatak beef in thousands of Square Miles of water and that the fishing boat happened to be there. But for those strokes of Fortune the tour fliers would almost certainly have died and their Fate might have been a mystery until a stray Craft found the wreckage of the plane. No searchers would have dreamed that they could have been so far off their course. The reef lies 220 Miles from Koppang. More than 520 Miles from Darwin and l69 Miles from Cape Leveque the nearest Point of the australian coast Sering Patam reef i about seven. Niles Leng. Triangular in Hape. It in Al loses a Lagoon. On the Western Side ire a few sandbanks which appear at half ebb. The reef dries at Low water ind round the edges Are Large boulders. 3n a Calm night the Breakers on the reef can be heard six Miles away. Although it had been hoped to trans Fer the fliers from the Niroda to the Orion by arranging a rendezvous at it is now unlikely that this can be done. Every Effort is being made to have the men transferred to some ship going either to England or Australia but at present it seems probable they will have to go on to Africa. Following allegations by or. Crocombe in a message to the general aircraft co London that the Darwin wireless bearings were incomprehensible being 28 Deg. Astray the minister of defence sir Archdale Parkhill has put in hand a fall investigation. Experts cannot understand Why Pilot Wood using Normal navigation methods did not Realise that the wire less bearings were wrong since he is known to be a first class navigator. Compass giving trouble it is pointed out however that the plane left in the dark and that Pilot Wood had thus no Means at first of checking his Drift. In addition it has been reported that the Compass was giving some trouble. The chief of the air staff air vice marshal Williams said today that it was Peculiar if or. Crocombe s allegations were Correct that the Darwin apparatus should be functioning correctly for some time and then fail just for the Mono spar s flight the Secretary of the air Board major Coleman pointed out that Qantas machines on the Australia England air mail service had Bee using the Darwin station five mornings a week for months and pilots of those machines had never made any com plaint of inaccuracies. Captains chief officers and wireless operators of overseas vessels in port said today that they could not explain a discrepancy of 28 degrees in a direction Given. Occasionally due to night error it would be four or five Miles and very rarely up to 10. A Reading 28 degrees wrong seemed an impossible inaccuracy. It is feared that Complete Salvage of the Mono spar Croydon will be impossible. If Complete Salvage is impossible it is hoped to recover the engines and one or two other valuable parts. The plane was insured for �14.000. Darwin bearings defended Darwin saturday. Criticism by or. Crocombe of the Darwin direction finding radio bearings has been made to justify an error which was incurred by the Mono spar navigator on the flight said or. E. Bunting civil Avia Tion representative in Darwin in a spirited defence of the wireless organisation at Darwin today. I have Complete Faith in the operation of Darwin direction finding station he said. In the first part the Correct bearing from Darwin to Koppang is 283 Deg., therefore or. Crocombe s admission of having consistently received a bearing of 288 Deg. Means that the air Craft was bearing direct to Koppang when Darwin sent the bearings referred to. The statement about incomprehensible errors is hard to reconcile with the fact that on the same Day the direction finding equipment was used to give bearings to a Qantas Empire airways machine from Koppang to Dar win and on the following Day capt. Hussey was Given bearings from Dar win to Koppang. These were accurate. That proves that there is Noth ing wrong with the equipment leaving the question of possible error by the operators. During the flight of the Mono spar to Koppang both operators were on duty together and i claim that the in variable practice carried out by the wireless operators that Day. Whereby each Man checks the other s calculated bearings leaves Little room for the existence of error. While flying from Koppang to Dar win on the trip to Australia the Mono spar was worked part of the Way by the Darwin . Station. The machine then called for bearings and the direction finding station worked it in. On the plane s arrival the Crew of the Mono spar commended the direction finding operators on the accuracy of their bearings. Even though the fliers were in formed that direction finding bearings and meteorological data were available in Darwin they did not Avail them selves of these essential facilities on the Melbourne Darwin flight. Conse 1 Quentlyn Complete arrangements could i not be made in the limited time Avail Able for a wireless watch to be kept from Koppang during the proposed flight from Darwin on wednesday Bradman s great 212 hits spin men Sydney saturday. In his first match of the season and against Australia s test attack Don Bradman to Day piled up a tally of 212 for the rest against Australia in the bards lev Gre Orv testimonial on the Syd Ney Cricket ground. It was a Brilliant innings and typically a Bradman Knock. Australia s much vaunted spin attack suffered in gloriously at his hands and this after o Reilly had threatened an Early de Bacle for the score stood at 4 for 51 when Bradman went in. This innings reveals once again Brad Man s amazing ability to convert by his Genius alone a mediocre Side into a Good one. On paper the rest look a weak team yet the result of Bradman s magnificent innings is that the australian team that went through South Africa undefeated is trailing the rest by 22 runs. The state of the rests innings be fore Bradman came in and after he left is an illuminating commentary on his batting. Here Are the details Bradman came in at 4 for 51. He and o Brien added 149. He and my Givray added 177. Bradman left with the score 7 for 377. The whole team was out for 385. How the spin bowlers suffered at the Champion s hands is shown by the fact that when Bradman came in o Reilly had 3 Tor 7 and Grimmett 0 for 8 at the end of the innings o Reilly had 4 for 96 and Grimmett 4 for 146. Bradman s double Century today was the fifty sixth three figure score of his first class career. He has thus equalled the record number of centuries by an australian set up a remarkable co incidence by Warren Bardsley him self. Twenty five of Bradman s 56 big tallies have been double centuries or More. Full details on Page 13 50 . Crash at Speed meeting Sydney. Saturday. When a motor Cycle and Sidecar travelling a 50 Miles an hour crashed into a safety Fence today. The Sidecar Dasse Neer was thrown into the crowd of spectators at the Granville showgrounds. Eight people in the crowd were injured. It was the final of the Sidecar Handi Cap and w. Yourn with Norman St. Julien As his passenger was engaged in a desperate race with the English Champion. C. J. Parsons. The Cycle was badly damaged and with one wheel off it skidded Back on to the track. Yourn apart from a few abrasions escaped injury. After the Accident the meeting was abandoned. Cheers for owner of Derby Winner the governor sir Winston Dugan right leading cheers for or. T. J h. Mckay left owner of the South australian Derby Winner Brave lad after the race at Morphet Tville this afternoon. Vernor right for j c a left the Outh the this afternoon. Spanish charges to be examined after a Stormy meeting of the non intervention committee in London it was decided that the re from against Germany. Italy. And Portugal of supplying arms to the Spanish rebels should be investigated without delay. The British labor Congress in Edinburgh urged the government to take a Strong stand against the fascist countries. Meanwhile in Spain the rebels Are steadily closing on Madrid. Full Cable messages Are on Page 3. Forecast of Fine sunday a Fine and be Sant sunday was forecast tonight by the acting government meteorologist or. Tre Loar. He predicted Cool to moderate temperatures Cloud at times and Light winds. Hikers ordeal is Eric store of Bush delirious and exhausted Sydney. Saturday. Still suffering severely from their terrible ordeal while lost in the wild Grose Valley for several Days wandering hopelessly the four Young hikers who were found by a search party Are slowly making their Way towards govett s leap where they should arrive late tonight or Early to Morrow morning. The adventures of the lost quartet make an epic Story of the australian Bush. They had been without food from monday night until found three by police and civilians on thursday and the other yesterday. They were Deli rious and exhausted when rescued but the two who took their ukuleles still had them. On the return journey one of the rescuers Hugh Gunn of Richmond collapsed from the effects of Tomaine poisoning and one injured a knee. When the party s food had almost gone however two of them pushed ahead for help. So serious is the plight of Gunn that a Relief party which left govett s leap yesterday afternoon took with it medi Cal and first Aid supplies and Brandy in addition to a Large Quantity of food. Hope of finding the lost youths alive had almost faded when news that they had been located was received. Air Force pilots had flown hundreds of Miles in a vain search while 35 police men and As Many civilians were scour ing the thickly wooded mountainous valleys. Messes. Cramer and Hayman set out to search at Dawn on thursday and at 10.10 . Their Coo yes were answered. They pressed on breaking through thick undergrowth and in a few minutes John Rogers 19, and Frederick Lane 17, tottered towards them. The youths could barely speak. Completely exhausted their cloth ing torn and their limbs lacerated they Sank to the ground and ate ravenously. They were delirious according to messes. Cramer and Hayman and could not give coherent replies to questions. They were Able to Tell then rescuers however that John birding Ham 22, and Gerald Birmingham 17, their companions were six Miles farther Back. Lying on Bank by 3 . The same Day the rescuers had covered another two Miles of dangerous country were one of the Bir Mingham Brothers was found lying on a Bank of the Grose River. He appeared to be in a bad Way but re covered sufficiently after having been Given food to say that his brother was 20 Miles farther Back. Realising the seriousness of the remaining youth s plight the party pushed on but night overtook them and they were forced to strike Camp. Setting out again at Dawn yesterday they came across the remaining hiker walking weakly towards them. He asked Are you looking for me the hikers had been found 18 to 20 Miles from govett s leap in Blue gum Forest. According to or. Hay Man they must have shown extraordinary courage and stamina to have travelled so far. Their delirium and exhaustion had been caused More by hunger than fatigue. That they had been saved was remarkable he said. Queen of them All Jennifer Adams six yews old who was voted the to eco. Of Chil Dren at the Salisbury Centenary celebrations which tube Ned yester Day and j were continued today. Six old voted the f at hich tube Ned and were continued Man found with Gash in Throat with his Throat Cut Thomas water 53, was found lying in a fowl House at the Back of his Home in Leader Street Goodwood West Early tonight. He was rushed by Myren s ambulance to the Adelaide Hospital but was dead on arrival. Vater is believed to have been suf Fering from a nervous disorder. While preparing to go to the pictures with him his family missed him an searched the premises. Garden contest awards principal prize to Unley Park entries please judges first prize of �12/12/ in Section 1 of the mail Cente nary �75 Garden Competition has been awarded to or. G. Thompson of Napier Terrace Unley Park. This was announced today by the judges in the Competition the Cura Tor of Parks and gardens or. A. S. Orchard or. W. Champion Hackett a noted horticultural authority and Spear grass of the mail or. A. J. Quarrell. In Section 2 first prize of �12/12/ went to or. R. Lowe of rail Way Terrace Alberton and in Section 3 the first prize of a similar amount was won by mrs. F. D. Lindop of Northumberland Street Rusmore. The full prize list is Section 1 for the larger gardens in which the work of planting and Upkeep was done by hired gardeners. Mil g. Thompson 220 Napier Ter race. Unley Park. First prise �12 12/. Mrs. H. H. Cartledge Meadow tale Road Springfield. Second prize �6/6/. Home for incurable Fisher Street fun Wiarton. Third prize �4/4/. Mrs. M. T. Mcgregor Neidpath Strangways Terrace North Ade Laide. Fourth prize. �2/2/. Section % for Home gardens in which a hired Gardener was employed for not More than one Day a week. Or. R. Lowe 25 railway Terrace Alberton East. First prize �12/12/. Mrs. E. S. Burr 59 Park Road Ken Sington Park. Second prize �6/6/. Or. And mrs. G. K. Doe 8 Kenna Way Street Rusmore. Third prise �4/4/. Mrs. W. A. Wilson Galway prove Tran Mere. Fourth prize �2/2/. Section 3 for Home gardens in which the work of planting and Upkeep was done solely by the owner occupier or Mem Bers of the family. Mrs. F. D. Lindop 86 Northumberland Street Rusmore. First prize �12/12/. Mrs. M. L. Mellowshd7, 29 Hackett Terrace marry Atville. Second prize �6/6/. Mrs. P. J. Keelan 159 Wellington Road Payne am. Third prize �4/4/. Mrs. J. W. Stewart 24 Moore Street Enfield. Fourth prize �2/2/. Certificates of Merit the judges awarded certificates of Merit to the following or. H. C. Cave 360 South Terrace City Section 1. E. C. Grasby 128 Park Terrace Way Ville Section 1. J. Mcdonough Springfield Avenue Springfield Section 1. Mrs. F. Irvin 29 sixth Avenue Helms Dale Section 3. Mrs. L. C. Webb 10 Kent Street Glenelg Section 3. Mrs. C. B. Warren 13 wee Wanda Street Glenelg Section 2. A. J. Brooker North Terrace Seaton Park Section. 1. Or. F. Barnett 5 Morcomb Street Stepney Section 3. A. J. Graham 9 John Street. Hind Marsh Section 2. Mrs. C. Badenoch 46 Hereford ave nue. Trinity gardens Section 3. Or. And mrs. O. A. Klemick 40 port Rush Road Rusmore Section 1. Mrs. T. G. Humphreys 8 Cluny ave nue Walkerville Section 3. Mrs. R. L. Bromley 19 Balfour Street Prospect Section 3. In a general comment on tie gardens of the 131 contestants the judges said judging the gardens has been a most interesting experience. The Standard generally in each Section was very Good Ana exceeded our expectations. Many of the gardens Are a credit to the Flower Loving Public of South Australia and show artistic con caption in Many respects. We were very pleased to see the keen interest taken by the women who have spared no pains to improve the surroundings of their Homes in every Way possible. Their enthusiasm was most noticeable. We would remind some competitors however that crude attempts at rockery ornamentation should be avoided. The judge s comments on the Gar Dens of prizewinners and interviews with prizewinners appear on Page 8. Pictures of nine of these gardens appear on this Page pages 2. 8. And 26, and the Back Page. This magnificent Garden which belongs to or. G. Thompson on Adelaide share broker has been awarded first prize of �12/12/ in Section 1 of the mail Centenary �75 Garden Competition. The Garden which is situated at Napier Terrace Unley Park was entered in the Competition by or. Thompson at the question of his Gardener or. W. Ahrens. Stop press planes tampered with Capetown. Victor Smith who after several forced landings in the England Johannesburg air race crashed in Salonika says that his plane was tampered with. He alleges that he found stuff like chewing gum on the Oil vent pipe and says that the planes of major Miller and flight Lieut. Rose who also encountered trouble were similarly tampered with. ? a i a car a 4dnk4luw bbb if is Lull see Australia first the f %m�p&-s&s8ia� heard that phrase All my me but 1lkffix&rt$%i?i ism it was just another slogan until is got a i a web made this memorable motor tour by Bonds a v gel a a starting from Adelaide we swung As it were he it tip Toslin a a round in a Circle eastward by one great big a i rash he Elf Meg a War. Returning West another. Now i be revised ish toss a i the Olli slogan it you see Australia Best ahm m ? to Minim Kkt when you travel by Bonds. I be met and made Norm Mph friends with the real Australia its kindly a Teresing people its surpassing natural Beauty to i. 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Acca Vivani 50 of Bonds tourist publications Lor free distribution. I Bonds Scenic motor Tours a tourist House Opp. Station nth. Ter. C.8950fb government tourist Bureau . St. C.4540 . Tourist Bureau Victoria so. C.8635 Clipper tobacco Large plots Tor pipe smoker. Light and dark Pelee and Quitty suite every to sole Agente Cornell limited. Adelaide. Brave lad takes . Derby big dividends in rare. Hot favorite in the South austra Lian Derby at Morphet Tville today Limond lad failed to gain a place. Brave lad 16/1who led most of the Way scored by a length from the fast finishing Kingswood 16/1 and Norleen 14/1. With Limond lad 6/4 fourth. The Only interstate horse in the race was the victorian Allendale and after being at the rear of the Field most of the journey he finished fifth. Backers bad a reverse in the first event the Camden hurdle race in which the Winner Scoran 20/1 paid �70 in the win totalisator and �14/16/ in the place machine. Taking her fourth race in Succes Sion hegemonic 5 to 2 on peered backers by annexing the Morphett Ville plate. To Resan Tod 5 to 4 on favorite for the Brighton Handicap also won. South Australia s representative at caul Neld was counter patrol in the Toorak Handicap. He ran third to the chanter and Sun Aysia. In winning the caul Neld guineas by half a head from Prince que Beech Wood who is a stable companion of the chanter broke the coarse record but Bis Honor was Short lived. The chanter Cut half a second off Beech Wood s time and the caul Neld mile record is now 1 min. 37% Sec a year to the Day after he won the caul Neld guineas Young idea who had not succeeded in the interval took the weight for age caul Neld stakes in course record time from Golden pro Mise and Charles pox. Racing details on Page 4

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