ZONE 2 southern Cross Aeroplane joy riders - COMPLETED.
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DEX FILES: Aviation buff identifies historic photograph

ANYTHING to do with aviation excites Nymboida aviation buff Wayne Austen, so a picture in The Daily Examiner featuring some locals with flying legend Charles Kingsford Smith and his plane, the Southern Cross, grabbed his attention.

"When I saw the picture, I knew straight away I had seen it before," Mr Austen said.

He was able to track it down to an edition of the Coutts Crossing and Nymboida Early Days historical publication from the 1980s.

Nymboida aviation buff Wayne Austen has named  the people in the Daily Examiner photograph run earlier this week. They are: Charles Kingsford Smith, Jim Fricker, his mother Gladys Fricker and her father, Dudley Jones, who took a joy flight in the legendary Southern Cross when it was here in the 1930s.Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner
Nymboida aviation buff Wayne Austen has named the people in the Daily Examiner photograph run earlier this week. They are: Charles Kingsford Smith, Jim Fricker, his mother Gladys Fricker and her father, Dudley Jones, who took a joy flight in the legendary Southern Cross when it was here in the 1930s.Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner Tim Howard

Mr Austen was able to identify the people in the photo as members of Nymboida's Fricker family.

"Kingsford-Smith is on the left, then there is a young Jim Fricker, his mother, Mrs Gladys Fricker and her father Dudley Jones," he said.

"I knew Jim, he only passed away a couple of years ago. He was a real character."

Mr Austen said he knew a bit more about the history of the famous Southern Cross, which was synonymous with many of Kingsford-Smith's exploits.

"The Southern Cross was one of the first aircraft to fly over the North Pole," he said.

"It was not long after the plane was first made, before the she became famous as Kingsford-Smith's aircraft."

The Fricker name is remember around Nymboida, with Fricker's Road a reminder of the family's history in the region.



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