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Uiver gold cigarette case gift returned to Albury: photos

Posted by on 16/09/2018

Uiver gold cigarette case gift returned to Albury: photos John Turner hands over a gold cigarette case to mayor Kevin Mack. The case was presented to John’s father Reg Turner in 1934. Picture: KYLIE ESLERThe late Reg Turner received one of seven cases awarded by the Dutch Government after he helped rescue the Uiver, a lost Dutch plane.The Uiver was caught in an electrical storm in Queensland during the 1934 Centenary Air Race and Mr Turner sent a Morse Code signal from Albury’s power grid to communicate with the plane.His son, John, presented the gold case to Albury mayor Kevin Mack, and said it was fitting to have it officially donated on the 80th anniversary.“I talked to my three sons and my sister talked to her three sons and we decided it should be on display,” Mr Turner said.“My father smoked but never used the cigarette case, it was always a family heirloom.”“Dad had kept it in a black tin and I had it in a bank vault for the last 20-odd years.”“It’s finally home in Albury and I think this is where it needs to be.”It was a community effort to rescue the plane, which was supposed to be flying from London to Melbourne.The memories began just outside of Henty for Reg Ruhe, who was just 12 at the time.He recalled the exciting moment when he was woken by his uncle in the middle of the night at his grandparents’ house.“My uncle Fred Pertzel had closely followed the race and I stood on the veranda at the time, there was a storm brewing,” Mr Ruhe said.“We could see and hear the Uiver circling around and my uncle thought it was one of the centenary air race planes lost.”“We had no electricity in those days, so we lit a torch to find the number for The Border Morning Mail and told them the plane was coming.”The community banded together after that phone call and created a runway using their car headlights.While the Uiver didn’t make it to Melbourne that night, the plane and its crew were saved.
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This blended photograph shows the Albury racecourse is as open now as it was the day the Uiver landed. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

Albury residents gather around the plane. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

One of the Uiver’s wheels bogged on the Albury Racecourse. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

A side view of the Uiver surrounded by people, with the grandstand off to the left. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Crowds gather around the plane. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Crowds try to free the plane after it became bogged in the mud. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

About 40 people gathered around the plane after all four of its wheels became bogged in the mud. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

About forty people, including about three small boys, standing around the plane. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Border residents gather around the plane. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Albury residents try to free the plane after it became bogged. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Crowds attempt to pull the plane out of the mud. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Newspaper clippings from the event. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Newspaper clippings from the event. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Newspaper clippings from the event. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Captain K.D. Parmentier and First Officer J.J. Moll, two of the people on board the Uiver KLM DC2 airliner which was “saved’ by the people of Albury on the morning onf October 24, 1934.

Uiver passenger Roelof Domenie. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Internal view of plane with hostess,12 passengers and luggage webbing overhead.Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

A small plane flies overhead as the Uiver prepares to fly to the right of a dais and stairway with 6 flags. There is a large crowd in a grandstand or on a hill in the background. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Looking down on the Uiver at an airport. A dozen cars, about 5 motor bikes and lots of people on ground. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

The Uiver at an airport in the middle of a celebration. Bandsmen with instruments at right and lots of people in background behind a fence. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

The Uiver on the ground with propellers moving, a small crowd and a man carrying two suitcases. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Doorway area of Uiver with about 13 adults and children on ground as people alight. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

The Uiver flies above a grandstand full of people. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

An illustration of the Uiver. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

An illustration of the KLM DC 2 aircraft the Uiver on a landing strip. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

A photograph of the Uiver dedication unveiling with Mayor Roach and Sir Zelman Cowen in front. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Side view of the Uiver. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Uiver crew, passengers, spouses and children in front of the door of the plane, Domenies at centre. Also sketch of people, list of names including Koene Dirk Parmentier, Mrs Parmentier, Doctor Hendrikus Colijn, Netherlands Prime Minister, Jacomina Maria Elisabeth Domenie-van Hoeflaken, Roelof Jan Domenie, Mrs Prins, Bouwe Prins, Mrs Moll, Jan Johannes Moll.Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Cut-away model showing cockpit and passenger area of the Uiver. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

The Uiver giftees. Sitting at front is Alfred Waugh and Beatrice Peacock. Standing at back are Arthur Telford, Lyle Ferris, Robert (Bob) Matthews, Reginald Turner, Arthur Newnham, Clifton Mott, Robert Jillard and Bertie Peacock.Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Coloured photo of Uiver landing reenactment with motor bike, and three cars with DC3 in background. Two people inspecting 1928 Essex which attended the racecourse when the Uiver crash landed in 1934. Photograph thought to be taken at Uiver Fair, Albury Aerodrome. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Crowds gather around the Uiver. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

On 14 October 1934, Roelof Jan Domenie, a passenger on the Uiver, posted a commemorative envelope to himself that was carried on the Uiver. After the plane made an emergency landing at Albury on 24 October 1934, the mail bags containing 26,000 items were off-loaded and driven to Melbourne by Albury hire car proprietor Mr Jack Nichols in a Nash sedan. In Melbourne they were reloaded on to the plane and on I November 1934 flown to Sydney. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

2002 – Uiver at Albury Airport being pulled down because it is unsafe. Picture: MARK DALLINGER

2002 – Albury Council’s Leigh Ashford speaks about Uiver at Albury Airport being pulled down because it is unsafe. Picture: MARK DALLINGER

2002 – Uiver at Albury Airport being pulled down because it is unsafe. Picture: MARK DALLINGER

2002 – Uiver at Albury Airport being pulled down because it is unsafe. Picture: MARK DALLINGER

2002 – Uiver at Albury Airport being pulled down because it is unsafe. Picture: MARK DALLINGER

2002 – Uiver at Albury Airport being pulled down because it is unsafe. Picture: MARK DALLINGER

2002 – Uiver at Albury Airport being pulled down because it is unsafe. Picture: MARK DALLINGER

2006 – Gerry Curtis, Col Laughton, Ray Hartwig and Keith Frauenfelder with their scale model of the DC2 Uiver. Picture: SIMON GROVES

2006 – Gerry Curtis, Col Laughton, Ray Hartwig and Keith Frauenfelder with their scale model of the DC2 Uiver. Picture: SIMON GROVES

2006 – The Uiver at Albury Airport has been moved by crane to another part of the airport near the control tower. Picture: SIMON DALLINGER

2006 – The Uiver at Albury Airport has been moved by crane to another part of the airport near the control tower. Picture: SIMON DALLINGER

2006 – The Uiver at Albury Airport has been moved by crane to another part of the airport near the control tower. Picture: SIMON DALLINGER

2006 – Staff member Brian Hodda walks past as the Uiver is moved to another part of the airport. Picture: SIMON DALLINGER

2006 – The Uiver at Albury Airport has been moved by crane to another part of the airport near the control tower. Picture: SIMON DALLINGER

2006 – Uiver memorial community trust chairman Howard Hinde and Alan Harrison with the plane, which has been moved to another part of the airport. Picture: SIMON DALLINGER

2006 – The Uiver at Albury Airport has been moved by crane to another part of the airport near the control tower. Picture: SIMON DALLINGER

2006 – The Uiver at Albury Airport has been moved by crane to another part of the airport near the control tower. Picture: SIMON DALLINGER

2007 – Production on the Uiver. Actor Guy Hooper. Picture: SIMON GROVES

2006 – The Uiver has been moved by crane to another part of the airport near the control tower. Picture: SIMON DALLINGER

2007 – Production on the Uiver. Actor Guy Hooper, with Uiver community trust chairman Howard Hinde, John Love and Erin Mathews. Picture: SIMON GROVES

2007 – Production on the Uiver. Actor Guy Hooper, with Uiver community trust chairman Howard Hinde, John Love and Erin Mathews. Picture: SIMON GROVES

2008 – Nigel Leith and John Emmery are keen to re-develop the replica of the Uiver. One idea is to turn the aircraft into a cafe. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2008 – Nigel Leith and John Emmery are keen to re-develop the replica of the Uiver. One idea is to turn the aircraft into a cafe. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2008 – The Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2008 – Neville Hull inspecting the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2008 – The Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2008 – Visible deterioration to the Uiver at Albury airport. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

2009 – DC3 dressed as the Uiver flies over the Albury Racecourse for the 75th anniversary of the Uiver landing. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2009 – DC3 dressed as the Uiver flies over the Albury Racecourse for the 75th anniversary of the Uiver landing. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2009 – DC3 dressed as the Uiver flies over the Albury Racecourse for the 75th anniversary of the Uiver landing. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2009 – DC3 dressed as the Uiver flies over the Albury Racecourse for the 75th anniversary of the Uiver landing. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2011 – Johan Domenie with the replica of the Uiver. His father was one of the passengers in the original aircraft when it competed in the London-to-Melbourne Air Race. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2009 – A DC3 flies over Albury to mark the 75th anniversary of the Uiver landing at the Albury racecourse. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2009 – A DC3 flies over Albury to mark the 75th anniversary of the Uiver landing at the Albury racecourse. Picture: DAVID THORPE

2009 – A DC3 flies over Albury to mark the 75th anniversary of the Uiver landing at the Albury racecourse. Picture: DAVID THORPE

A certificate for Domenie. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

This badge has a stork on it, similar to the stork on the coat of arms of the City of Den Haag, the city where KLM then had its headquarters. The crown is that of the House of Oranje Nassau, the House of the then reigning monarch, Queen Wilhelmina. House colours were orange, the colour of the ribbon. Although speculative, it can be suggested that the badge was issued by the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) for limited distribution, and that it sent one of these badges to Roelof Domenie. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Silver cup presented to Roelof Jan Domenie by the Dutch Ambassador after a polo match held in Rio de Janeiro to commemorate the first anniversary of the flight of the Uiver and its safe landing in Albury. The Gavea Golf and Country Club captained by Domenie beat Itanhanga 6-1. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Commemorative pin (1934) of the DC-2 Uiver aeroplane that flew in the 1934 London to Melbourne MacRobertson International Air Race. Owned by Roelof Jan Domenie, a passenger on the Uiver. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Navy blue commemorative aeroplane pin (1934) of the DC-2 Uiver aeroplane that flew in the 1934 London to Melbourne MacRobertson International Air Race. People of the Netherlands were euphoric about the saving of the Uiver at Albury and its successful completion of the London to Melbourne race as the second plane to arrive. The flight of the Uiver and the return of the heroes who flew it, was a big national event. Many corporations made and sold mementos of the occasion. These Uiver commemorative pins and tie-bar provide great examples. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

This commemorative medallion celebrating the flight of the Uiver was issued by the Dutch government in 1934. The font and design of the medal are in an art deco style. The front of the medal has a symbol of a stork, the Dutch word for which is ‘uiver’. Donated to the AlburyCity Collection by Roel and Vera van Beurden of The Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

An invitation for Domenie. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

A letter for Domenie. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Invitation for Domenie. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Domenie’s pass to the air race. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

Notes made by Domenie Graf Zeppelin in 1934. Picture: ALBURY LIBRARY MUSEUM

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