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On the money

Friday, 4th October, 2019

(Left) John Barlow, Sandra Colley and Helen Bates with an uncut sheet of the new $20 bank notes that feature Veldt Station and the RFDS. PICTURE: Emily McInerney (Left) John Barlow, Sandra Colley and Helen Bates with an uncut sheet of the new $20 bank notes that feature Veldt Station and the RFDS. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

Veldt Station is now on the new $20 banknote with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia flying over head.

The essential role of the RFDS in outback regional NSW has been recognised on the latest Australian $20 note.

The new note, as with the existing one, features a portrait of the service’s founder, Reverend John Flynn, alongside an image of a RFDS aircraft leaving a remote homestead and the Traeger pedal radio used by the service to improve communication in remote areas.

The aircraft and pedal radio images were drawn from photographs taken in 1948 at Veldt Station, 170km north of Broken Hill.

At the time the station was run by the Barlow family, whose 10 children were among the first to receive vaccinations from the Flying Doctor.

Yesterday, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the RFDS and the Barlow family celebrated the new note at the RFDS base before retracing the 1948 flight and stopping to have lunch in Packsaddle.

Barlow family representative Helen Bates said they were very excited to have their former family home featured on the new note.

Helen apologised for her sisters Doris and Judith, and sister-in-law Beryl, who were unable to make the celebration.

“They would be thrilled that our family are featured on the note,” Mrs Bates said.

“It’s an honour for the Barlow family, an honour for Broken Hill and for the RFDS.”

Mrs Bates said the RFDS was such a vital service back then, and continues to help their family now.

“We’ve got such a wonderful service running out of Broken Hill.

“Two of our family members have been transported to Adelaide in recent months. 

“It is so vital. 

“We appreciate that the photo used was captured almost 70 years ago and would just encourage people to go into the bank and get one of the new notes to use.”

The $20 note will be released nationally on October 9.

The new design has seen the RBA lift counterfeiting security by including a passage from John Flynn’s book “The Bushman’s Companion”.

“The passage is reproduced in microprint on the banknote and is one of a number of innovative security features to help protect the banknote from counterfeiting,” said Assistant Governor of the Reserve Bank, Lindsay Boulton.

The other side of the bank note features Mary Reibey, an Australian merchant, shipowner and trader.

Originally a convict deported to Australia, she was regarded by her contemporaries as a role model for success and became legendary as a successful businesswoman in the colony.

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