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Canberra’s mystery aerodrome and its tragic past revealed

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Aerodrome at Dickson

The Aerodrome at Dickson is a site many Canberrans have forgotten about. Photo: File.

Think you know everything there is to know about the nation’s capital?

Few Canberrans are aware that the city’s first aerodrome site, as envisaged in Water Burley Griffin’s final blueprint of the city, was the area now taken up by Dickson shops, library and wetlands.

Canberra’s original aerodrome was in operation from 1924 to 1926. It ceased activities just a few months after the capital’s first air fatality when air operations were moved to Majura Valley, the location of the current airport.

With a free exhibition entitled Wings of Dickson – Pioneers, Pilots and the Ploughman, this fascinating part of local history will be on display…



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