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Grants to enhance Qantas Founders Museum


The Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach, Queensland, has announced that its national heritage-listed Qantas hangar is among 24 heritage-listed sites that will share in more than $4.4 million in funding under Australia’s Protecting National Historic Sites programme for improved conservation, restoration and promotion projects.

The Qantas Foundation Memorial Trust (parent company to the Qantas Founders Museum) has been awarded $70,700 for the ‘Restoring our past for the future’ project, which will repair, replace and restore decaying timber flooring, joists, bearers and stumps in three original 1922 Qantas workshops, restore two sections of the eastern wall of the building to their original 1920s design using custom-made corrugated sheet metal, and install an electric sliding door and ramp to allow wheelchair accessibility to the theatre section of the building.

The CEO of the Qantas Founders Museum, Tony Martin, said, the ‘Qantas Hangar – Restoring our past for the future’ project will protect the building for future generations to enjoy, describing it as, “the centrepiece of our museum and the story of Qantas as it demonstrates the trials and tribulations of early days of Qantas and civil aviation in Australia, a history which must be projected for future visitors to experience and appreciate.”

The hangar was completed in August 1922 and is the oldest civil aviation building in Australia. Qantas operated in this building from 1922-30 and the Qantas Founders Museum has restored it to resemble what working conditions were like for early Qantas staff members in the 1920s.

This news follows the announcement in April that the museum’s project to restore Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation N4247X (above) had been allocated a $300,000 grant from the federally funded Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Fund, administered by the Queensland Government. The aircraft has recently had its wings, engines and tail section fitted, and the graceful airliner is now standing on its undercarriage for the first time in more than three years. More in the July issue of Aeroplane.

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