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A Unique Display of a
Half Day Package Tour available Includes
transfers, entry to museums, guided tour, lunch
and plenty of time to browse
Norris Bell Ave, Alice Springs
Phone (08) 8952 7161 Fax (08) 8952 9895
The Old Ghan Train,
Truck Hall of Fame
• Australia’s First Road Train
• Shell Rimula Pioneer Wall of Fame
• Historic Trucks & Vehicles
• Vintage Car Collection and more
• Miniature Train
Open 7 Days 9-5
Except Christmas Day & Good Friday
Entry Fee Applies
19th May, 2014
Stuart Terrace, Alice Springs Phone (08) 8952 1129
Open Mon to Sat 9am – 4pm Sun & Public Hols 1 pm – 4pm. Last tour at 4pm.
Closed Christmas & New Years Day *Small admission fee applies
86 The Stuart Highway
By 1918, the aeroplane was beginning to prove itself as a
reliable means of transport and radio was displaying its ability to
link people thousands of miles apart. Flynn saw the potential in
these developments along with Clifford Peel, a young lieutenant
with an interest in aviation. Peel, hearing of Flynn’s ideas, combined
them with his own in a letter to Flynn in which he detailed the
combined use of aircraft and radio to bring aid to the inhabitants of
the outback. Unfortunately Peel did not live to see the enormous
impact it was to make as he died in action a year later.
Flynn’s ambitious Flying Doctor Scheme slowly took shape.
In 1928 the service made its first official flight from Cloncurry to
retrieval flights for life and death situations through to regular
health clinics and radio and telephone consultations with isolated
patients, the RFDS is caring for the health and safety of residents
and tourists, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In a typical year, RFDS doctors and nurses around Australia
will have attended to more than 190,000 patients and flown 13
million kilometres - that's 760 Sydney to London round trips.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a not-for-profit
organisation, funded by the State, Territory and Commonwealth
Governments and donations from the general public and business
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In the early days of settlement, people in remote inland
areas were without access to doctors or ministers. In 1912
Reverend John Flynn was appointed the first superintendent
of the Australian Inland Mission, the ‘bush department’ of
the Presbyterian Church. He found that sick and injured
people had to travel hundreds of miles by horse and buggy for
medical assistance and many died along the way.
Flynn set up patrol padres to administer the Christian
word. He raised funds, setting up hospitals, Adelaide House
and others, staffed by nurses, but doctors were still desperately
needed. By 1918, the aeroplane was proving a reliable
means of transport and radio had the ability to link people
thousands of miles apart. Flynn saw the potential to link
these services, as did Clifford Peel, a young lieutenant with an
interest in aviation. Hearing of Flynn’s ideas, Peel combined
them with his own in a letter to Flynn in which he detailed
combining aircraft and radio to bring aid to inland Australia.
Unfortunately Peel died in action in the war a year later and
did not live to see the benefit of the service to outback people.
Flynn’s ambitious Flying Doctor Scheme, the mantel
of safety in the outback, gradually took shape. In 1928 the
service made its first official flight from Cloncurry to Julia
Creek, as Qantas pilot Arthur Affleck flew the first ‘Flying
Doctor’ Sydney surgeon Dr Kenyon St Vincent Welch in a
In the first year 50 flights over 18,000 miles took place,
treating 225 patients for illnesses and injuries. That first year
began without a communication network. The problem was
solved by Alf Traeger, who invented the now famous Traeger
Pedal Radio, that gave the inland its voice.
Reverend Flynn received an OBE in 1935 for his service to
inland Australia. When he died in 1951, his ashes were interred
at the foot of Mount Gillen, Alice Springs.
Today the Royal Flying Doctor Service operates from 21
bases, providing a ‘Mantel of Safety’ over 80% of Australia.
This includes emergency retrieval flights for life and death
situations and regular health clinics, as well as radio and
telephone consultations with isolated patients. The RFDS cares
for the health and safety of residents and tourists, 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year.
In 2013 RFDS doctors and nurses around Australia
attended in excess of 290,000 patients and flew 26 million
kilometres – more than 1500 Sydney to London round trips.
The RFDS is a not-for-profit organisation. It is partly
funded by State, Territory and Federal Governments with
donations from the general public and business sector.
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