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Flying doctor hits 90 years

Friday, 18th May, 2018

Crew members of the Broken Hill RFDS Base gather round while base manager Marcus Wilson cuts the celebratory cake. PICTURE: Myles Burt Crew members of the Broken Hill RFDS Base gather round while base manager Marcus Wilson cuts the celebratory cake. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

The Royal Flying Doctor Service celebrated their 90th Anniversary over some hot snags yesterday in the Town Square.

The Broken Hill RFDS base was opened eight years after its creation in 1928 at Cloncurry, Qld, to help injured stockmen from Julia Creek.

Base manager Marcus Wilson said the barbecue went very well with locals swinging past to enjoy it with RFDS staff.

“The number of people walking past that came and had lunch with us, we’re very grateful that they did,” said Mr Wilson.

He said the RFDS has made large leaps and bounds with its technology over the years.

“90 years ago they were flying a biplane that travelled 100km an hour,” said Mr Wilson.

“We now travel in pressurised aircraft that travel at nearly 500kms an hour.

“So that’s amazing.”

Mr Wilson said the service and facilities wouldn’t have made it to 90 years without the support of locals and Australians across the country.

“So much of what has happened has been through community support,” said Mr Wilson.

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