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Longreach memorial to a tragic air crash

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the DC3 looks majestic at night


MON 19th Oct - Winton for 5 - a rest day for 9 - Light Show for 14

This morning Jan received the sad news that Aunty Tootie (her 97yr old Aunty Alice) had passed away last night. Our heart goes out to Lyn and her siblings as they mourn her passing.

Verna hired a car for the day - Kia Carnival - delivered at 8 and soon after 5 of our party left for a day trip to Winton 180kms NW. The rest of us chatted, read, and shopped downtown until the late afternoon when we ensured we were ready to leave at 6:15 for the Light Show at the QANTA Museum. Jan and I shopped and located the Clock Tower Memorial in the centre of town which remembers when the event of an airbrush in 1961 when 5 people were killed in a Beech Baron crash onto a property only 3km out of town. We were alerted to it by a friend Jan was talking to who said her uncle Robert Ferguson was in the aircraft - he worked for the Civil Aviation Dept. Another interesting fact that we learned today was that the streets of longreach which are named after birds - actually are land birds for the streets that run N to S and water birds where streets run E to W.

After tea Verna ferried us all out to the Qantas museum in the hire car. That saved a couple of taxi fares. We are booked in for 6:10 for the Museum Light Show. This is held in the middle of the 4 aircraft outside and is a sound and video show projected onto the side of the 747 and the underside of the roof with special lighting effects on all the planes as it tells the story of QANTAS and the aircraft around us. It was excellently done (so it should for the $3mill grant and planning over 10 years) and we were captivated for the 25min show. At the end of the show Jan had a surprise meeting with Ros, her friend from early primary school days.

Late this afternoon Verna received the sad news that her brother (Merv) had been med-evaced from the Sunshine Coast to Bne after an accident while using a wood working machine. Our prayers are with them all as they wait the outcome of the surgery.

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