The Stinson Memorial

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The Story of A 'Human Chapter' Aug 25, 2011
Not far from the bird feeding area is the Stinson Memorial. The monument was established to commemorate 60 years of the rescue of the victims of the Stinson Airliner, that crashed in the forest. In February 1937, the Stinson Airliner went missing in the middle of the flight from Brisbane to Sydney. Bernard O’Reilly decided to search for the plane in the area where the flight might cross (by himself), which was through the dense rainforest. The next day he eventually found the crash site, with two survivors only, John Proud and Joe Binstead (still alive 10 days after the crash). Another man, Jim Westray, had gone for help but Bernard found his body when he returned to seek assistance. The man had died of falling over a waterfall in Christmas Creek, and he was buried there as well. The locals returned with Bernard for the rescue. The other four men who died in the crash were buried next to the plane wreck. The Stinson rescue was mentioned in Bernard O’Reilly’s book ‘Green Mountains’. The Stinson Memorial is free and open for public every day.
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