Australian Air Races

Sharing the stories of aerial contests that captivated audiences across the country.

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

31 October 2019 to 31 January 2020


National Archives NT Office
Northern Territory Archives Centre
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT 0810



Australian Air Races captures all the excitement – and the risk – of the early flying machines that touched down in Darwin a century ago.

This exhibition highlights some true gems in the National Archives of Australia's collection:

  • Movies showing aerial contests and winning pilots
  • Maps tracking the course of aerial racers competing for hefty prizes
  • Official documents voicing support or concern for the risk-taking flyers
  • Formal and candid photographs of aeroplanes and aviators
  • Promotional programmes, posters and games

Come along to capture Darwin's place in our country's historic embrace of flying.