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Capt. Frank Hurley

Pisturesque Figure in Austra

lian Aviation.


Captain Frank Hurley, the airman who crashed in the Spirit of Austra lia, is a man of many parts-explor er, navigator, engineer, photographer, journalist and aviator1-whose exper iences range from Polar wastes to tropical jungles. He was born in Sydney and his early life was de voted to the study of engineerins-, from which he retired to follow the trail of adventure. He is recognised as probably the best scenic photo grapher in Australia, and his ability in this field and as a journalist won for him membership with Sir Doug las Mawson's .expedition to the Ant arctic in 1911. He made a second journey to the Antarctic in 1913 with the Shackleton expedition, and had a very exciting experience when the Endurance was crushed by an ice pack in the Weddell Sea. Most of the crew were on the ice alongside the vessel when her sides began to cave in under the pressure of the grinding floes. The ship could only survive for a few minutes, but dur ing that time Hurley climbed over the side, dived into ice cold water and rescued his camera from his cabin. He then recovered Ms chemicals and other apparatus, and succeeded in getting the whole safely landed on the ice, just as the ship was redu ced to splinters, her hull crushed like an eggshell. Later, on his return from the Antarctic he was appoint ted to the Australian military forces in France and Palestine as official war photographer, and his work in this capacity is well known.

New Guinea Visits.

In recent years Hurley took two expeditions to New Guinea, and was the first to successfully emoloy sea planes and aircraft there. During the second expedition, he was kindly granted the loan of a flying boat by the late Mr. Lebbeus Hordern, but thè atmospheric conditions in Papua were so bad that after attempting to fly the maciiine without success, the fabric rotted and the boat had to bc abandoned. In the course-of one of his excursions up the Fly River, Hur ley slipped while carrying his cam era and other photographic appara tus, and he and bis equipment were deposited in the river. It was a verj difficult place to get out of, but thc intrepid photographer was not sat isfied with rescuing himself and mad« heroic efforts to retrieve his equip ment, which he ultimately suceeedec in doing.

While in Papua he made a verj fine film, "Pearls and Savages," ant went with it to America. He canvas sed it there with very little success however, and it was eventually tak en up in London, and Hurley travel led England for some months, show ing the film and lecturing.

One of his "relaxations," as h< would term it, when at home in Nev South Wales, was to climb the Threi Sisters Rocks at Katoomba, some times planting a Union Jack on thi pinnacle. Once, though, when des cending from one of these climbs, h< missed his usual route and fount himself on a jutting point of rocl about a foot square, perched hig] above a fearful abyss. He manage« to clamber to a sitting position, bu happening to look down, he admit! his nerve nearly failed him, and i was only with difficulty that he wai able to maintain his precarious hold Ultimately he was able to get bael into a standing position on the po in of rock, and by dint of slow ant perilous descent, reached the botton in safety.

When the late Captain Ross Smitl

auu ma companions new across Aus tralia at the conclusion of the first flight from England, Frank Hurley went with them, and it was in the cockpit of the Vickers Vimy that the inspiration was born to undertake the present great flight. He is the first Australian to undertake the night to England.

Leaving Wyndham, on the north west coast, to where he had flown by easy stages through Central Austra lia from Sydney, Captain Hurley and his two companions, Flying Officer Moir and Pilot Ofñcer H. C. Owen, in The Spirit of Australia, crossed the Timor Sea on the 5th November and reacher Sourabaya. Good pro gress was then made via Singapore to Calcutta and Karachi, but at Bun dar Abbas the 'plane was seized by Persian officials, and the unfortunate delay prevented the possibility of a. record flight to London. Eventually the flight was resumed to Bushire, Bagdad and Borne, and the crash

came at Malta.

Supplies of spirit and oil had been established at convenient intervals throughout the route, and in a tele gram to the Sydney ofiSce of the Shell Company of Australia, Captain Hur ley expressed his appreciation of the Quality of the oil supplied and thc service rendered by the Shell organ isation, which had helped to make the

flight successful

A Christmas Camp for Boys_Rt aliisng that each year there are many children who are unable to afford a health-giving holiday at some of our cooler southern ports, Toe H, West ern Australia, has inaugurated a Children's holiday league. During January next (from the 14th to the 27th), the local branch of the above society is arranging for fifty boys from the metropolitan area to spend a fortnight in Albany. Special care is being devoted to the person nel of the camp, so that the most beneficial results will be obtained. A fund for the financing of thir worthy object has been opened i: Perth. There are, however, a num. ber of ways in which citizens of A' ?bany and the surrounding districts could assist. The secretary or t ie local branch of Toe H (Mr. F, Con stantine, High School, Albany) would be pleased to hear from those who could assist by lending during the above dates any of the following articles: Old rugs or blankets, small boilers, frying pans or baking dishe? Contributions of fowls, eggs, fruit, or vegetables would also be great'y appreciated. The secretary would like to hear from those who can av sist in the above way as early as possible, as it in intended to arrange for a camp for Albany children later on, and it ls hoped that as many ai possible will respond to this appea".





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