Our most famous chorister and alumni Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation.
He broke records with his astounding and unbelievably daring voyages and he did it all with such courage, modesty and charm that Australia and the world fell in love with him.
He was an international and a national hero but he had witnessed the horror of World War I – first as a soldier at Gallipoli, later as a combat pilot with the Royal Flying Corps and this left its mark.
Kingsford Smith is ingrained in our school culture and we honour his memory and legacy in many ways. This year saw the launch of the Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial Bell and every year the Kingsford Smith Shield is awarded to the student who exemplifies the values and SACS Character Strengths and is a role model and inspiration to other students.
Renowned Australian biographer Ann Blainey has written King of the Air The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith revealing the tumultuous life of this fascinating, enigmatic and obsessed figure.
Ann will be giving a talk about her book, her research and the life of Charles Kingsford Smith on Thursday 11 April at 6pm, Heath Centre, St Andrew’s House.
This is a free event but please book for catering.