History of wireless telegraphy and broadcasting in Australia/Topical/Biographies/William Edward Hagarty/Notes

William Edward Hagarty - Transcriptions and notesEdit




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SUPPLEMENTARY ANNUAL ELECTORAL LIST. LIST of Persons appearing to be qualified to Vote at the Election of Members of the Legislative Assembly in the year 1902, for the Electoral Districts of BARCOO and MITCHELL [within the BARCALDINE DIVISION]. Objections to Names on this List must be sent to the Electoral Registrar, Barcaldine, and to the persons objected to, not later than the 25th day of October, 1901. I. J. EDGE-WILLIAMS, Electoral Registrar. Dated this First day of October, 1901. Christian Name and Surname: Hagarty, Edward William; Age: 25; Place of Abode: Shakspear's Hotel, Oak-street; Occupation: Labourer; Particulars of Qualification: Residence; Date when claim received by Electoral Registrar: 10 Aug., 1901.[1]

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4WH's father participates in a local Barcaldine group

Barcaldine District Budget. Compiled by SEE JAY. . . . MORE than ordinary interest was taken in the summoned meeting of "Court Friar Tuck" No. 6587, A.O.F., held last night. The attendance was good. Bro. E. H. Humphreys was elected to the Chair for the third session in succession, a very high compliment to pay him. The other officers were:— Sub-Chief Ranger, Bro. W. Mallory; secretary, Bro. B. Hoskin, P.C.R.; treasurer, Bro. J. Meacham, P.C.R.; Senior Woodward, Bro. G. Cooley; Junior W., Bro. E. W. Hagarty; Senior Beadle, Bro. F. Church, P.C.R.; Junior B., Bro. L. Scott, P.C.R.[2]


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BI-MONTHLY ELECTORAL LIST. BI-MONTHLY (June) LIST of Persons appearing to be qualified to Vote at the Election of Members of the Legislative Assembly in the year 1906, for the Electoral Districts BARCOO and MITCHELL [within the BARCALDINE DIVISION]. Objections to Names on this List must be sent to the Electoral Registrar, Barcaldine, and to the persons objected to, not later than the 24th day of July, 1906. Dated this Fifth day of June, 1906. D. L. WILLIAMS, Electoral Registrar. BARCOO [within the BARCALDINE DIVISION]. Surname and Christian Name: Hagarty, Sarah; Place of Abode: Ash-street, Barcaldine; Occupation: domestic duties; Particulars of Qualification: residence; Date when claim received by Electoral Register: 18 Apr., 1906. . . .[3]

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4WH's father's Electoral Roll registration 1913 Longreach

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Edward William Hagarty
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1913
  • Subdistrict: Longreach
  • State: Queensland
  • District: Kennedy
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 1036, Hagarty, Edward William, Manningham, Labourer, Male
  • Entry: 1037, Hagarty, Sarah Alice, Manningham, Housewife, Female[4]
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Longreach Notes. (For the "N. Q. Register.") LONGREACH, December 20. . . . Prize list of St. Joseph's Primary School, Presentation Convent.— Christian doctrine (go!d cross), Miss Frances Byrne; good conduct (gold medal presented by Mr G. Savage (Brisbane), Miss Daisy Page. Class V. (3) — Mathematics, Edna Page, Oliver Gavin; English, Nellie Rawlins, Ray Ellis; composition, Priscilla French; reading, Lily Hoskins, Marie French; home exercise and mapping, Daisy Page; spelling, Frances Byrne; sewing, May McConachy; history, Kathleen Perry, Douglas Dent; freehand drawing, Jessie Clarke; geography, Ruby Meyers; nature study, Maud Williams, Margaret McGrath; writing, Charles Rawlins. Class IV. (3) — Christian doctrine, May Sannell; mathematics, Bernard Nehmer, William Page, Sidney Walsh and William Gleeson; English, Pearl Hillenberg, Arthur Setter; composition, Janet Kyte, Vincent Baker; reading, Donald Gavin, Kathleen Manning; home exercise, Jessie Clarke; sewing, Ellen Finn; history, Josephine MacDonald, Frances Bright, Wynne Scholefield; geography, Clarence Baker, Norman Hudson; drawing, May Rawlins; writing, Ellen McGrath. Class IV. (1 ) — Mathematics, Edward Hagarty; English, Neville Hagarty; writing, Stephen Shanahan; sewing, May Shanahan; reading, Annie O'Brien; composition, Dorothy Boon. Class III. (1) — Mathematics, Ronald Gavin, William Pickering; English, Muriel O'Malley, Edith Hanifin; sewing, Ruby Hoskins; geography, Leslie Riddell; nature study, John Toml, Henry Page. Class II. (3) Christian doctrine, Roy Brunner; mathematics, Olga Mellick, Fred O'Rourke, Carl Billenberg; tables, James Geraghty, Clarence McPherson, Ethel Setter; composition, Veronica Pickering; reading, Nellie McConachy, Richard Gleeson; spelling, Ivy Mellick; home exercise, Robert Dessailly; sewing, Emma Freeman; geography, Thomas Nash; writing, Mary Woulfe; drawing, Langleh Telford. Class II. (1) — Christian doctrine, Gladys Hunter; mathematics, Alan Stewart, Brian Sutton, Mary Lacy; tables, Gertrude Nehmer, NeII O'Brien, Alfred Lockyer; reading, Daisy Meares, Thelma Riddell, Alfred Anderson, Robert Telford; spelling, Geoffrey Searles, Chrissie Setter; writing, Vera Walsh; sewing, Maud Gill; recitation, Robert Lawson; drawing, Charles Morris; general improvement, Louis Meyers, Gideon Gill. Class I. (3) — Christian doctrine, Patrick O'Shea; mathematics, Ruth Pullinger, Florence Hunter, Sydney Thornton; Tables, Florence Davis, Alfred Shanahan, Mabel Meyers; reading, Irene Freeman, Dorothy McKeon, James Gleeson; spelling, Cynthia Dent, Gordon Gormley, Leslie Tomi; writing, Bertha Meyers, James Nee, Doris Jones; general improvement. William Hitzman, Madeline Lacy. Class I. (2) — Christian doctrine, Milly O'Shea; sums, Norman Hagarty, Eileen Browne, Dorothy Geraghty, Edward Page; tables, Eileen Pickering, Lucy Anderson, Alick Rawlins; reading, Iris Boon, Clare Desailly; spelling, Frances Brunner, Isabel Conaghan; writing, William Rielenberg; general improvement, Doreen Setter.[5]


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4WH passes the PMGD examination which enables appointment as a Telegraph Messenger

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Examination No. 822. For Appointment as Telegraph Messenger. Held 5th July, 1919. THE candidates named hereunder were successful at the above examination, and have thereby qualified for appointment to the position of Telegraph Messenger at the places under which their names respectively appear. The following should be noted:— (1) The names will remain on the Register of Qualified Candidates for eighteen months, that is, until and including 30th January, 1921, when they must, in accordance with the law, be removed therefrom. (2) A candidate, though successful, cannot be appointed after he attains his seventeenth birthday. (3) A candidate passes this examination if he secures at least half marks each in Handwriting and in Spelling; but those who have also gained half marks in Arithmetic at this examination will, if appointed, be eligible for promotion to a higher position in the General Division without further examination. (4) Those who have not secured at least 100 marks in Arithmetic will be required to pass a further examination in that subject after appointment, in order to become eligible for promotion. Promotion examinations are held half yearly. (5) Unless a Telegraph Messenger qualifies for promotion to a higher position before reaching the age of eighteen years, he must retire from the Service on attaining that age. (6) Where two or more candidates secure the same number of marks, their order of merit is determined by the number of marks obtained, for (a) Arithmetic, and (b) Handwriting, and where these numbers are also equal then by ballot. (7) Upon appointment, a successful candidate must produce evidence of the date of his birth, and a medical certificate satisfying the Commissioner in whatever particulars he may determine as to the appointee's sound bodily health and freedom from physical defects. A successful candidate should not undergo medical examination until instructed by the Commissioner to do so. (8) Upon application being made by a successful candidate appointed away from home, an allowance at the rate of £12 per annum will be paid during his services as Telegraph Messenger while living away from home. (9) Before a successful candidate who is liable for training under the compulsory clauses of the Defence Act 1903-18 can receive appointment, he must produce evidence from his Area Officer that he has rendered the personal service required, or has been granted a temporary exemption. (10) Where a successful candidate for appointment at Sydney and Suburbs, and at Brisbane and Suburbs, does not reside within a reasonable distance of a suburban office at which a vacancy exists, the Commissioner reserves the right to appoint another boy, who, though having obtained less marks at the examination, resides in closer proximity to the post-office referred to. (11) If a successful candidate decline to accept an appointment offered to him, or fail to reply within seven days to a communication from the Commissioner or a Public Service Inspector, respecting his nomination to the Public Service, his name may be removed from the "Register of Qualified Candidates." (12) Should a successful candidate change his address, he should immediately notify the Secretary, Commonwealth Public Service Commissioner, Customs-house, Mel-bourne. . . . Name. Maximum-Marks. Pass Marks. Handwriting. 100 50 Spelling. 150 75 Arithmetic. 200 - Total. 450 . . .

  • Nehmer, Bernard Thomas 60 121 160 341
  • Hagarty, William Edward 65 121 116 302[6]
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4WH's employment as Telegraph Messenger with PMGD continues pending passing examination for formal entry

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Melbourne, 12th August, 1920. THE undermentioned notifications of staff changes, &c., are made in accordance with the Commonwealth Public Service Act and Regulations:— . . . POSTMASTER-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT. Ex. Mins. Nos. 282, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 294, 295. . . . Queensland. . . . Exemptions from the Provisions of the Act.— . . . W. E. Hagarty, Telegraph Messenger, Longreach, three months, from 7th June, 1920;[7]

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4WH confirmed as permanent Commonwealth public servant - Telegraph Messenger at Longreach with Postmaster-General's Department

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Melbourne, 22nd September, 1921. THE undermentioned notifications of Staff changes, &c., are made in accordance with the Commonwealth Public Service Act and Regulations:— . . . POSTMASTER-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT. (Ex. Mins. Nos. 493, 495, 497, 498, 499, 500, 501, 502.) . . . Queensland. Appointments Confirmed.— . . . William Edward Hagarty, Telegraph Messenger, Longreach, from 30th January, 1921. . . .[8]

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4WH identified as one of Longreach's earliest wireless experimenters

LOCAL WIRELESS ENTHUSIASTS. Hagarty Pioneers for Longreach. The initiative of Longreach residents was not lacking when broadcasting was an established fact in Sydney, and one local enthusiast, Mr W. E. Hagarty of Kingfisher street, has been in daily communication with Sydney and other places since March last, when he installed a 3 valve set. Prior to that he had only an amateur's experimental set working and was not able to communicate with the high-powered stations. He is now able to "pick up" all the stations around Australia and New Zealand, Government Stations and ships and high powered stations in the Dutch East Indies, also San Francisco and Pearl Harbour. The latter work in Morse code on their international news service, but the broadcasting stations work in speech only. Farmers in Sydney use 5000 watts, and it is interesting to know that Mr Hagarty has heard Miss Muriel O'Malley — our local budding prima donna — singing for Farmer's broadcasting service. Messrs G. N. Harley and H. D. Avery have also installed experimental 3 valve sets. The aerials used by all three are of home construction and the ingenuity shown in the construction of the outfits is deserving of commendation. It is understood that several stations in the district have also installed receiving sets.[9]

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4WH noted as first in Western Qld to receive KGO

LONGREACH RADIO ENTHUSIASTS. The linking-up of Longreach during the year with the Radio stations of Australia and California is further proof, if such were needed, of the initiative of its residents and their desire, whatever the cost, to be abreast of the times. Mr. W. E. Hegarty (sic, Hagarty) was the pioneer of wireless in the town area, and to him belongs the honour of being one of the first in the Central West to pickup the famous KGO station at Oakland, California, owned and run by the General Electric Co. Mr. Hegarty has received messages from this station on numerous occasions since he first picked it up on July 1st but owing to that station closing down at 7 p.m. local time (1 a.m. in America) it is not possible to hear very much of the programme as the station cannot be heard during daylight. However, on August 30th a special programme was broadcast for Australian experimenters from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. American time ( 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time), and Mr. Hegarty picked up the whole of the programme of 25 items. He has a 3-valve set, but on a "good" night it is possible to hear California with only 1 valve — a distance of approximately 6500 miles. Messrs. H. J. Solley and H. D. Avery have both installed expensive sets, and are obtaining splendid results from Australian and New Zealand Stations, but being fully occupied with their businesses their time for experimenting is naturally limited. Mr. W. R. Poole (Lillianfels), Mr. W. Cudmore (Tara), Mr. Richardson (Ascot) and Mr. Franby White (Winton) are some of the stations in the district which have installed sets and the number will doubtless be added to considerably during the coming year. With the advent of wireless in the district arose the necessity for local agents to supply apparatus, etc., and in this connection Longreach is well catered for, both Messrs. H. J. Solley and H. D. Avery being agents for important southern houses, while Messrs. Forde Dowling and Co., Rockhampton, also cater for this district.[10]


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4WH's father trading as Hagarty's retailing wireless sets and components, and has the local Burginphone agency

WIRELESS! A Good Investment for the Man on the Land. INSTAL A BURGINPHONE. The Wireless receiver with a Reputation. The wavelength range of these receivers covers all Broadcasting Stations in Australia,. New Zealand and America. Built in Australia by the Burgin Electric Company and suitable for Australian conditions. For those who wish to build their own Listening-in set we have on hand a large stock of parts etc. at Sydney prices. For full particulars apply — HAGARTY'S, Licensed Radio Dealers and Local Agents for the Burgin Electric Company. Kingfisher Street. LONGREACH. 820a[11]

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4WH or father has considerable damage to radio retail supplies

CYCLONE STRIKES THE TOWN. HOTEL WALL COLLAPSES AND DEMOLISHES SAVAGE BROS' SHOP. TOWN IN DARKNESS ON SUNDAY NIGHT. The heat wave which had made life almost unbearable for nearly a fortnight ended very abruptly on Sunday night last (a light thunderstorm on Saturday had afforded temporary relief) when about 8 p.m. a terrific cyclone struck the town causing considerable damage to property, but fortunately no serious accidents occurred, although several narrow escapes have been reported. The storm struck the town on the west, where practically every house sustained some damage, but with one serious exception the business centre of the town was undamaged, the damage being confined practically to Wren, Kingfisher and Ibis streets, and the railway construction camp. The one exception referred to above was the collapsing of the brick wall on the southern end of the Commercial Hotel, which in falling, knocked in the roof of Savage Bros Butcher's shop and the shop veranda roof, causing damage estimated at £1000. Some of the shop fittings escaped damage but the building itself suffered heavily, the floor of the shop being piled up with the debris. It was with considerable difficulty that the firm was able to supply its customers the following morning, but no one could accuse either of the principals of the firm of being a pessimist and they soon set to work to clear away the debris thankful that the storm had not occurred on a weekday. . . . Mr. Hagarty, who has recently taken over an agency for wireless apparatus, had the misfortune to have about twenty pounds worth of radio material damaged through the roof of his house being blown off and the rain saturating the material. . . .[12]

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4WH or family wireless retail advertisement

WIRELESS! A Good Investment for the Man on the Land. INSTAL A BURGINPHONE. The Wireless receiver with a Reputation. The wavelength range of these receivers covers all Broadcasting Stations in Australia, New Zealand and America. Built in Australia by the Burgin Electric Company and suitable for Australian conditions. For those who wish to build their own Listening-in set we have on hand a large stock of parts etc. at Sydney prices. For full particulars apply — HAGARTY'S, Licensed Radio Dealers and Local Agents for the Burgin Electric Company. Kingfisher Street, LONGREACH. 820a[13]

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4WH or father's business gives demonstrations of wireless equipment

Social and Personal. . . . Messrs. Hagarty's, the local wireless agents have been giving demonstrations on a 6-valve set at the Graziers' Chambers during the week. About a dozen attended the demonstration last night, when, with only 4-valves in use, Melbourne and Sydney were heard quite distinctly, although the statics at times were bad.[14]

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Advertisement for preliminary meeting of Longreach Radio Club with 4WH as convenor

WIRELESS! RADIO CLUB FOR LONGREACH? A MEETING will be held in Hagarty's Demonstrating Room, Graziers' Chambers, on Tuesday next, August 18th, at 8 p.m., to discuss the formation of a Radio Club. Persons with or without sets, who are interested in Wireless are cordially invited. W. E. HAGARTY, Convenor.[15]

4WH convenes a meeting to consider the formation of a Longreach radio club

Social and Personal. . . . A meeting, convened by Mr. W. E. Hagarty, is being held in the wireless demonstrating room, Graziers' Chambers, on Tuesday next to consider the formation of a Radio Club in Longreach.[16]

4WH attends a meeting which decides to form the Longreach Radio Club, with 4WH as president

Local and General. . . . FORMATION OF RADIO CLUB IN LONGREACH. A meeting — convened by Mr. W. E. Hagarty of those interested in wireless was held in the wireless demonstrating room in the Graziers' Chambers on Tuesday, there being present — Messrs. W. E. Hagarty, C. B. Cory, H. D. Avery, W. Brown, W. Hansen, A. White, N. Hagarty and L. K. Riddell. The meeting decided to form a radio club, to be called the "Longreach Radio Club," and the following officers were elected for the ensuing 12 months:— President, Mr. W. E. Hagarty; vicepresident, Mr. W. Hansen; treasurer, Mr. N. Hagarty; secretary, Mr. L. K. Riddell. The minimum age for membership was fixed at 16 years, members from 16 to 19 years of age to be classed as juniors and over 19, seniors, the fee to be 10s. 6d. per year for juniors and £1 1s. for seniors. Mr. W. E. Hagarty, who holds an amateur operator's certificate, will act as instructor, commencing with the teaching of the Morse code, to be followed by lectures on elements of electricity. The next meeting was fixed for September 1st, and it is hoped that there will be a good roll up of'all who are interested in wireless.[17]

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4WH attends the second meeting of the Longreach Radio Club as president

Local and General. . . . LONGREACH RADIO CLUB. The second meeting of the Longreach Radio Club was held at the wireless demonstration room, Graziers' Chambers, on Tuesday last, there being present:— Messrs. W. E. Hagarty (chair), N. Hagarty, A. G. Harriss, C. B. Cory, G. Kingston, A. White, N. May, W. Scholefield, M. McClure, W. Smith, and the secretary (Mr. L. K. Riddell). Apologies were received from Messrs. W. Hansen and J. Durkin. It was decided that a savings bank account be opened with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Six new members were enrolled during the evening, the membership now standing at sixteen. The following were elected a committee: Messrs. G. Kingston, W. Hansen, A. White, M. McClure, C. B. Cory, W. Scholefield, N. May, A. G. Harriss, and W. Smith, with power to add. The following were elected a technical committee: Messrs. W. Hansen, A. G. Harriss and W. E. Hagarty. The first instruction class is to be held on Tuesday next at 7.30 p.m. at the demonstration room at the Graziers Chambers. It was decided to hold committee meetings every fortnight, the next meeting being fixed for the 15th inst.[18]

4WH's position in PMGD reclassified

POSTMASTER-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT. CLASSIFICATION OF TELEGRAPH MESSENGERS. Under Commonwealth Public Service Act 1922-1924 (excluding Telegraph Messengers, Telegraph Branch, already classified). Fourth Division — Scale, £72~£138. Under 17 years £72; At 17 years £84; At 18 years £96; At 19 years £114; At 20 years £138. Allowance at the rate of £6 per annum may be paid to officers under 21 years of age upon qualifying in telegraphy at the rate of twenty words a minute.* Upon reaching 21 years of age officer to be designated Assistant, and transferred elsewhere. Salary at the rate of £202 per annum to be paid from twenty-first birthday. * Telegraph Messengers already receiving allowance at the rate of £8 per annum for qualifying in telegraphy may retain such allowance whilst they continue to occupy the position of Telegraph Messenger. . . . QUEENSLAND . . . CLASSIFICATION OF TELEGRAPH MESSENGERS — QUEENSLAND — continued. . . . Number: 199; Name: Hagarty, W. E.; Locality: Longreach; Salary: £114; Next Increment Payable: 9.5.25; Remarks: —;[19]

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Longreach Radio Club plans a wireless dance in aid of its funds

COME AND DANCE TO THE WIRELESS IN THE ANGLICAN HALL on THURSDAY, OCT. 8th, 1925, at 8 p.m. (In aid of the Longreach Radio Club.) Good Floor. Good Music. Gents 2s. 6d. Ladies 1s. 6d. A Wireless Set will be installed and should weather conditions prove favoorable, dancing to the "Embassy" and other Orchestras will be enjoyed. L. RIDDELL, Hon. Secretary.[20]

Regular fortnightly meeting of Longreach Radio Club, 4WH presides, reports on weekly instructional classes which he leads

LONGREACH RADIO CLUB. The usual fortnightly meeting of the Longreach Radio Club was held at the wireless demonstration room, Graziers' Chambers on Tuesday, 29th September, Mr. W. E. Hagarty presiding. Two new members were elected during the evening and the secretary (Mr. L. K. Riddell) advised that the membership then stood at 22; he expected it to reach 30 before the next meeting. The instructor (Mr. W. E. Hagarty) reported that the attendance at the weekly classes had been very good, and the members were progressing favourably. The club is in need of ready cash with which to buy material, and after a good deal of discussion on this matter it was decided to hold a dance in the Anglican Hall on Thursday, October 8th, in order to raise funds. Mr. W. E. Hagarty, kindly consented to lend his 5-valve wireless set for the evening, so that those present will have the pleasure of dancing to wireless, part of the evening. The matter of the meeting room was allowed to stand over till the next meeting.[21]

Neville Hagarty presides over meeting of Longreach Radio Club in absence of his brother 4WH

LONGREACH RADIO CLUB. Mr. N. D. Hagarty presided over a good attendance at the Longreach Radio Club's fortnightly meeting, held on Tuesday, 27th October. Messrs. M. M. Rowe, L. K. Riddell and N. D. Hagarty were appointed a subcommittee to inspect the vacant room in the School of Arts building, with a view to renting same. It was moved that in future when a member proposed a new member, the subscription should be handed in with the proposal. The Radio Club Concert, which was decided upon at the previous meeting, has been postponed indefinitely.[22]

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Application by Longreach Radio Club to use School of Arts back room being considered by the committee

LONGREACH SCHOOL OF ARTS. A meeting of the committee of the Longreach School of Arts took place last Thursday evening. Mr. R. R. Miller presided and there were also present Messrs. R. D. Miller, A. G. Ayling, F. B. O'Rourke, P. J. Ryan and Mr. F. C. Longworth. The applications from Mr. A. Mottram and the Longreach Radio Club for the tenancy of the back vacant office were left in the hands of Messrs. R. R. Miller and R. D. Miller to deal with. Accounts amounting to £42/15/8 were passed for payment, leaving a credit balance of £29/11/5. A further £100 was placed at fixed deposit for six months, being earmarked for.the painting and repainting of the premises at a later date. Six new members were received during the month. The audited balance sheet was submitted and adopted, and the writing of the annual report left in the hands of Messrs. R. R. and R. D. Miller. The date of the annual meeting was fixed for Tuesday (Feb. 23rd.). The resignation of the Rev. A. M. McAllister, owing to his departure from the district, was received, and it was decided to ask Mr. G. R. Brooks to fill the vacancy. The lighting committee reported that an extra light of 100 c.p. had been installed in the centre of the front verandah and other lighting improvements had been effected.[23]

Longreach Radio Club sends a floral tribute to the funeral of one of its members

Death of Mr. J. J. McClure. CLAIMED BY OPPRESSIVE HEAT. The death occurred on Friday night last of Mr. John James McClure, his demise coming as a painful shock to all who knew him. Mr. McClure was taken ill on Thursday night and as he showed no improvement the following day he was admitted to the General Hospital. Every care and attention at the institution, however, was of no avail, the oppressive heat claimed him and he passed away about six o'clock on Friday night. The deceased, who was 48 years of age, was a native of Springsure, and came to Longreach about 23 years ago. For the past four years he had been the manager of the Longreach Branch of Messrs. James Stewart and Co. Ltd., graduating to such a responsible position from a counterhand, his general business acumen well fitting him for a managerial post. Previous to joining the staff of that firm he had been engaged as a book keeper for Mr. H. Volling, a local butcher, and had acted in a similar capacity for the firm of W. G. Gibson. As a citizen, anxious to see progress and prosperity, he had the welfare of Longreach at heart interesting himself in such community efforts as would only be compatible with a man of his genial nature. Until just lately he had been a member of the General Hospital committee and up to the time of his death he evinced his personal desire for the alleviation of human suffering by remaining a member of the Longreach Ambulance committee. In addition he was a member of the committee of the Town Band, which played the "Dead March" on Sunday night out of respect for him. By the death of Mr. McClure the family of eight children are now parentless, Mrs. McClure predeceasing her husband some two years ago. The passing of Mr. McClure was indeed a blow to those, who knew more intimately his many sterling qualities. THE FUNERAL. The funeral took place on Saturday morning, when a large number of his wide circle of friends paid a last tribute to his name. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. John Stewart of the Longreach Presbyterian Church. Among the mourners present were Messrs. David, Matthew and Robert McClure (sons), Miss Annie Smith, Mr. J. Smith, Mr. A. Kooymans, Mr. J. McFarlane, Mr. James, Mr. E. G. Wallace, Mr. C. A. Walsh, Miss Florrie Nash, Mr. Solway, Mr. G. Meacham, Mr. H. J. Solley, Mr. J. Gavin and Mr. A. G. Ayling. Floral tributes were sent from his mother, sons, and daughters, J. Stewart and Co. Ltd.; employees J. Stewart and Co.; Longreach Radio Club; T. Maher, Longreach Town Band; J. T. Smith and family; G. Kingston and A. White; committee Longreach Centre Q.A.T.B.[24]

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4WH is provisionally promoted from Telegraph Messenger to Postal Assistant, Longreach

ROMOTIONS — SECTION 50 AND REGULATION 109. THE following promotions are provisional and subject to appeal by officers to the Public Service Board of Commissioners, and, where consequent upon another provisional promotion, shall be dependent upon the latter being confirmed. Appeals should be forwarded to the Public Service Inspector in the State in which the promotion is to be made to reach him within fourteen days of the date of the notification, and the ground of appeal must be as prescribed in section 50 of the Commonwealth Public Service Act, viz.:— (а) Superior efficiency; or (b) equal efficiency combined with seniority. Officers stationed in remote districts may forward appeals by telegraph. An appellant shall without delay forward a copy of his appeal to the Chief Officer of the Department in which the vacancy exists. . . . Postmaster-General's Department — continued. . . . Queensland. Name: Hagarty, William Edward; Present Designation and Station: Telegraph Messenger, Longreach; Position to which Promoted: Postal Assistant, Longreach (Reclassification of office of Assistant last occupied by W. F. Affoo); Salary on Promotion (£): 155; Date of Promotion: 8.4.26;[25]

4WH involved in locating person after Melbourne radio station puts out a call

WIRELESS ASSISTS. MAN REQUIRED IN MELBOURNE. FOUND IN LONGREACH. On Wednesday night local wireless enthusiasts heard the Melbourne wireless station announcing that the relatives of Mr. Frank Creber, Bridge Street, Sandringham, Melbourne, desired to know the present whereabouts of the young man, as his mother was dangerously ill. By a strange coincidence it was only that day that Creber had been engaged by Mr. Douglas Rutherford for work on Avondale, and he had left that (Wednesday) evening for Avondale with Mr. Rutherford. The following (yesterday) morning Mr. Rutherford was informed by phone from Longreach of the wireless message, and he immediately instituted inquiries to ascertain the correctness, of the wireless message — which was received by Messrs. E. J. Kellett, A. G. Harriss and W. Hagarty. On ascertaining the genuineness of the case Mr. Rutherford left Avondale by car with Creber about 8 p.m. yesterday, arriving in Longreach about 2 a.m. this morning, and the young man, who was stranded, was put on the early morning train for Melbourne. It is difficult to say how long it would have taken to trace Creber had any other means of communication, been employed.[26]

4WH's provisional promotion of 8 April 1926 is confirmed

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. PROMOTIONS — SECTION 50 AND REGULATION 109. . . . The following provisional promotions have been confirmed:— . . . Postmaster-General's Department. T. J. Carter, W. F. L. Murray, S. F. Toms, C. W. Munns, W. D. McLennan, R. W. Williams, J. P. King, A. H. Edgtton, R. Farquer, G. Morrissey, E. H. Uren, B. J. Elvish, F. G. N. Burney, J. Sizeland, K. C. Wilson, G. E. Volk, F. H. J. P. O'Loughlin, W. E. McGraw, W. L. W. Matters, P. Mulcahy, C. T. L. H. Lyne, E. M. Dowse, G. McLennan, W. E. Hagarty, C. K. Farquharson, P. H. Bunn, and G. F. Arundell, appearing in Gazette of 8th April, 1926.[27]

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4WH arranges for the Governor-General while visiting Longreach to listen-in to a message to him from 3LO

Lord and Lady Stonehaven Visit Longreach. Message from The King. "ENCOURAGEMENT, SYMPATHY, AFFECTION AND UNDERSTANDING FOR HIS SUBJECTS IN AUSTRALIA." PUBLIC ADDRESS OF WELCOME. GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S INTEREST IN PASTORAL INDUSTRY. "I look upon it as a duty, and a pleasant duty, to visit every part of the Dominion in order to convey in person the message which I received in person from His Majesty the King, of encouragement, sympathy, affection and understanding for his subjects in Australia," said the Governor-General (Lord Stonehaven) in replying to an address of welcome at the Shire Hall on Wednesday night. The Governor-General, who was accompanied by Lady Stonehaven and his aide-de-camp (Captain Leggatt, R.N.), arrived in Longreach by aeroplane from Winton about midday on Wednesday the Vice-Regal party being met at the "Qantas" aerodrome by the Chairman of the Shire Council (Cr. R. L. H. Peterson), Councillors, prominent business and professional men and graziers, and after the usual introductions they were motored to the Imperial Hotel, where their Excellencies were the guests of the Shire Council at lunch. The Chairman of the Shire Council (Cr. R. L. H. Peterson) presided at the luncheon, and, in addition to the distinguished guests, there were also present Councillors W. Avery, W. C. Coade, A. A. Moffat and F. B. O'Rourke, Messrs. J. Y. Shannon and Thos. McMaster (Ilfracombe Shire Council), Mr. S. Wilson (Police Magistrate), Sub-Inspector Duffy, Mr. R. H. Edkins (Graziers' Association), "Qantas" pilots, Messrs. Hudson Fysh and A. N. Evans, Dr. Michod and Major McLeod (Directors "Qantas" Ltd.), Mr. F. J. McKeon (Longreach Chamber of Commerce and Longreach Hospital), Mr. J. C. Pearson (Shire Clerk), Mr. A. N. Mackay of Strathdarr (who afforded the Vice-Regal visitors an opportunity of seeing the feeding of starving stock) and Mr. Fergus McMaster (who was host to the Vice-Regal party at Winton). After the luncheon their Excellencies were motored to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. H. Peterson, whose guests they were during their stay in Longreach. On the journey by aeroplane from Winton the Vice-Regal party was keenly interested in watching the sheep being fed in the paddocks — the huge rings made with the fodder and the sheep partaking thereof being plainly visible from the air — and in his desire to become closely acquainted with the serious effect of the long-continued drought his Excellency and Lady Stonehaven were motored to Strathdarr and Leander stations during the afternoon. There they were shown the expensive but very necessary methods which pastoralists have had to adopt to keep their sheep alive, and the impression the visit had upon the Governor-General was reflected in the speech at the public reception at the Shire Hall that night. On returning from Leander the Vice-Regal party were entertained at dinner by Mr. and Mrs. R. L. H. Peterson, and after dinner the party had the pleasure of listening in to a speech broadcast from 3LO, Melbourne expressly for their Excellencies. As an indication of the thoroughness of the arrangements made by the Shire Council to entertain the Vice-Regal party during their stay in Longreach, the Shire Council telegraphed 3LO, Broadcasting Station, Melbourne, on Wednesday, as follows:— "Would appreciate your broadcasting appropriate message to his Excellency the Governor-General, who will be listening-in in Longreach, both this (Wednesday) and Thursday nights, between seven and eight o'clock." To this message 3LO replied: "Delighted broadcast as desired. Message will be broadcast at 7.30 p.m." Mr. Hegarty (sic, Hagarty) had fitted a wireless receiving set at Mr. Peterson's residence in Kingfisher Street, with a loud speaker on the verandah, and his Excellency was highly amused when the announcer said at the conclusion of his message — "If you return to your own little State — from which you have been absent so long — at once, all will be forgiven you."[28]

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4WH attends first AGM of the Longreach Radio Club and is elected vicepresident

LONGREACH RADIO CLUB. The first annual meeting of the above club was held on August 31st. at the residence of Mr W. E. Hagarty, who presided over a good attendance. The club is now financial to the extent of £8/16/7. The following officers were elected for the ensuing twelve months. Messrs W. J. C. Hansen (President), W. E. Hagarty (vicepresident), N. D. Hagarty (treasurer). L. R. Riddell (secretary), F. C. Longworth (auditor), committee, Messrs. W. F. Smith, A. White, C. B. Cory and L. Boon. Recently matters have been quiet regarding instruction, this being chiefly due to the fact that the club has been unable to secure a suitable room for classes but as Mr. F. B. O'Rourke and Mr. A. G. Harriss have been good enough to allow the club the use of a room at the rear of their offices an instruction class, on wireless, will be held in that room on Monday 6th. instant at 8 p.m. There are altogether 24 members now, and those who attended the lectures on "Magnetism" and "Elements of Electricity" must have benefited by so doing. It is hoped that members will attend the lectures on wireless which will be delivered by Messrs. W. E. Hagarty and W. Hansen every Monday night.[29]

4WH reported as newly on air but having trouble working interstate stations due to his proximity to the Longreach powerhouse

WIRELESS NOTES. (By Aerial.) . . . DX NOTES. The last week or so I have bean listening to the old 80 metre band, and was surprised to find that this once forgotten "gang" is again active. Several new stations were heard and for the most their signals were very good and easily up to the standard of the 30-40 metre transmitting stations. One point worth noting was that fading was negligible on the higher (?) wave band and that signals seemed to carry very well at night. Several Queenslanders were being heard as loudly in New Zealand as they were in their own towns, so evidently signals will travel great distances on this 80 metre band in darkness. One of the new stations beard was 4MM, of Toowong, who came in at good strength with a R.A.C. note. This station, operated by M. O'Brien, has only been transmitting a short while, but is getting out well, being reported good strength in New Zealand on a valve receiver. 4CG was also heard, and his signals are much the same as 4MM. 4WH, of Longreach, is also a new one, with a good D.C. note, but has trouble in working interstate stations, due to the fact that he lives near the Longreach power house and is troubled with interference.[30]

Advertisement for radio sales by 4WH's brother Neville Douglas Hagarty

Buy Your RADIO SETS From N. D. HAGARTY, LICENSED RADIO DEALER, LONGREACH. Agent for "BURGINPHONE" Wireless Receivers. RADIOLA, UDISCO, and all other well-known makes also supplied. Inquiries Invited. Phone 353. P.O. Box.137.[31]

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Advertisement for radio sales by 4WH's brother Neville Douglas Hagarty

Buy Your RADIO SETS From N. D. HAGARTY, LICENSED RADIO DEALER, LONGREACH. Agent for "BURGINPHONE" Wireless Receivers. RADIOLA, UDISCO, and all other well-known makes also supplied. Inquiries Invited. Phone 353. P.O.Box 137.[32]

Advertisement for a dance in aid of funds for Longreach Radio Club

A WIRELESS DANCE! Will be held on Monday night, October 25th., in the Anglican Hall, in aid of the Longreach Radio Club. During the even-ing part of the dance programme will be to wireless. Admission: Gents 2/-; Ladies 1/6. L. RIDDELL, Hon. Sec.[33]

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Advertisement for radio sales by 4WH's brother Neville Douglas Hagarty

Buy Your RADIO SETS From N. D. HAGARTY, LICENSED RADIO DEALER, LONGREACH. Agent for "BURGINPHONE" Wireless Receivers. RADIOLA, UDISCO, and all other well-known makes also supplied. Inquiries Invited. Phone 353. P.O. Box 137.[34]

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Advertisement for radio sales by 4WH's brother Neville Douglas Hagarty

Buy Your RADIO SETS From N. D. HAGARTY, LICENSED RADIO DEALER, LONGREACH. Agent for "BURGINPHONE" Wireless Receivers. RADIOLA, UDISCO, and all other well-known makes also supplied. Inquiries Invited. Phone 353. P.O. Box 137.[35]

Longreach Radio Club holds a costume ball in aid of its funds

The Longreach Radio Club is holding a masked crepe paper costume ball in the Shire Hall, on Thursday, December 23rd. Full particulars are advertised in this issue.[36]

As previous

Dance to the Wireless! THE LONGREACH RADIO CLUB Is organising a MASKED CREPE PAPER COSTUME BALL SHIRE HALL, THURSDAY 23rd DECEMBER, 1926. Music by the OLYMPIA ORCHESTRA & "AMBASSADORS" Famous Jazz Orchestra over the Wireless. (Weather Permitting). CHARLESTON COMPETITION. FOX TROT COMPETITION. Cap Waltz, Chocolate One Step, Balloon Fox Trot, Fortune Tellers, Boot-Black, Booth, Free Supper, and a Host of Other Things. ADMISSION: Gents 3/3, Ladies 2/-. L. K. RIDDELL, Hon. Sec.[37]

Longreach Radio Club costume ball a huge success, but no wireless music due to static

MASKED CREPE PAPER COSTUME BALL. The Masked Crepe Paper Costume Ball which was held in the Shire Hall under the auspices of the Longreach Radio Club last night was a huge success, although there could have been a larger range of fancy costumes. However, those that were seen were very charming, especially the "Moonlight and Roses Set," and "Lord and Lady Washington" couple. The stage was bedecked with several wireless sets, which were built and purchased by members of the Club. The Club intended having wireless music but unfortunately the static was too bad to permit of clear reception. The couple who won the Charleston competition were Miss Beryl McGuire and Mr. Laurie Dell. The Fox Trot competition was won by Miss Beryl McGuire and Mr. C. Baker. Mrs. Russell awed many by dipping into the future, and Mr. Ken. Gordon made an admirable boot black. For costumes the prize for the best set was awarded to "Moonlight and Roses" comprising the following — Misses Kitty Kelly, Tiby Smith, Dorie Hemmings, B. Thorn, and Messrs. F. O'Rourke, V. Sheppard, John Munro and N. Hagarty. Best Couple — "Lord and Lady Washington," Miss Kathleen Madden and Mr. Leslie Riddell. The best individual costume was won by Miss D. Bogie. The Olympia orchestra was in attendance[38]

4WH to attend the first class of the Longreach Flying School conducted by QANTAS

Moth Aero Tests. The De Havilland Moth aeroplane for the Longreach Flying School, which is to be conducted by "Qantas," carried out its test flight successfully at the Longreach aerodrome on Wednesday morning. Mr. Hudson Fysh, who piloted the machine, was highly delighted with the manner in which the machine performed its tests; the machine was taken to an altitude of between five and six thousand feet. Capt. Matthison, the company's new pilot, afterwards took the machine up and he was equally pleased with the results. He was impressed at the easy manner in which he was able to control the machine, and found it simple in all its tests, one of which was looping the loop. The Moth machine arrived only a few weeks ago from London, and was partly constructed by the De Havilland workshops in that city and by "Qantas" in their Longreach workshops. The machine, which is for the flying school, is fitted with duo controls and has seating accommodation for two, the instructor and the pupil. It was stated that no adjustments were required on the machine after its tests, and for this a great deal of praise is due to the aerodrome manager and construction engineer, Mr. W. A. Baird, and his staff. The School intends to commence teaching its first pupils next Monday. Captain Matthison will be the instructor. The following are Monday's pupils:— Messrs. W. E. Hagarty, N. D. Hagarty, F. H. Kennedy, and P. J. Ryan. People are so fascinated with flying in Central Western Queensland that the School need have no fear of a shortage of pupils.[39]


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4WH progresses in his flying classes

Q.A.N.T.A.S. DECEMBER OPERATIONS. The summary of operations issued by "Qantas" for December states that 106 route passengers were carried over single stages, 10 taxi passengers were carried during the month and 1080lb. freight, the mileage flown being 9642 miles. The total company mileage flown to the end of December was 429,098 miles, all without injury to personnel or passengers. The report continues ADVENT OF PRIVATE FLYING. In the past our efforts have been centred in regular air line work entailing the carriage of His Majesty's mails, passengers and freights. A second sphere of operations has been centred in our air taxi organisation which has assumed proportions of a most encouraging nature. In conducting a Flying School or Aviation Club under the scheme of the Controller of Civil Aviation, at both Longreach and Brisbane, an entirely new branch of aviation activity is being entered into in Queensland, namely private aviation. The way is at last open for the general public to fly, to own their own aircraft, and to dispel the mistaken idea that the aviator is one who must possess ability of a superlative nature. We are on the threshold of big developments in private aviation, of which the clubs and schools of Australia are the forerunners. The future of aviation is unbounded, and the realisation of this fact by the public marks the close of another stage in the development of aviation. The way has been prepared for the production of a machine such as the de Havilland "Moth," a type which for safety, ease of control, and simplicity of maintenance, has completely overshadowed all other machines produced with a similar object in view. With the advent of such a type as the "Moth," which is the only aircraft yet produced that can with confidence be recommended to the private owner, the prospects for the rapid spread of private aviation in Australia is looked forward to with the greatest confidence. Private flying in the right type of machine is an exhilarating sport; the utility value to station owners will soon be realised, and, such people as travellers and inspectors will hesitate to travel at 25 m.p.h. when they can travel at 70 m.p.h. at no more than the old cost. OPENING OF LONGREACH FLYING SCHOOL. On December 27th, the school was opened with one de Havilland "Moth" machine. The pupils who joined the first course of instruction were.— Messrs. W. E. Hagarty, N. D. Hagarty, P. J. Ryan and F. H. Kennedy; a further four pupils are on the waiting list for the next course, and it is expected that there will be no lack of pupils for the future. Mr. C. Matheson, who is well-known in aviation circles as a most capable and experienced instructor, is in charge of the School and reports good progress of the pupils under his instruction. The de Havilland "Moth" is the first of its kind to be imported into Queensland, and it has naturally excited interest and admiration at the Longreach aerodrome. Instruction starts at 5.30 a.m. each morning, and the steady hum of the Cirrus engine is already a well-known sound in the early hours. The fact that the machine and engine perform well in a tropical summer climate is ample proof of a practical and useful design. The total times flown for the month are.—Dual instruction 9hrs. 30mins.; flights 24.[40]

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Advertisements for radio sales by 4WH's brother Neville Douglas Hagarty

SOMETHING NEW. We are now offering the BURGINPHONE PORTABLE SIX-VALVE RADIO RECEIVER. Only £38/10/-. Efficient, compact, and complete in every detail. This set is manufactured by — The Burgin Electric Co., Ltd., Sydney. Obtainable from — N. D. HAGARTY LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE. P.O. BOX 137 'PHONE 31. . . . RADIO REPAIRS. WE CAN OVERHAUL, RE-WIRE, AND EFFECT REPAIRS TO ALL CLASSES OF RADIO RECEIVERS. Have Your Radio troubles Rectified by Us. WE ALSO SUPPLY ALL KINDS OF RADIO ACCESSORIES. Write for our price lists. N. D. HAGARTY, LICENSED RADIO DEALER, LONGREACH, Q. P.O. Box 137. Phone 31.[41]

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Advertisement for radio sales by 4WH's brother Neville Douglas Hagarty

SOMETHING NEW. We are now offering the BURGINPHONE PORTABLE SIX-VALVE RADIO RECEIVER. Only £38/10/-. Efficient, compact, and complete in every detail. This set is manufactured by — The Burgin Electric Co., Ltd., Sydney. Obtainable from — N. D. HAGARTY LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE. P.O. BOX 137 'PHONE 31.[42]

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Advertisement for radio sales by 4WH's brother Neville Douglas Hagarty

SOMETHING NEW. We are now offering the BURGINPHONE PORTABLE SIX-VALVE RADIO RECEIVER. Only £38/10/-. Efficient, compact, and complete in every detail. This set is manufactured by — The Burgin Electric Co., Ltd., Sydney. Obtainable from N. D. HAGARTY LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE. P.O. BOX 137 'PHONE 31.[43]

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Advertisement for radio sales by 4WH's brother Neville Douglas Hagarty

CASH PRICE LIST OF BURGINPHONE Wireless Receivers. £ s. d. BURGINPHONE Standard Four Valve Receiver . . . . . 35 0 0; BURGINPHONE Standard Five Valve Receiver . . . . . 38 10 0; BURGINPHONE Senior Four Valve Receiver . . . . . 49 10 0 ; BURGINPHONE Senior Five Valve Receiver . . . . . 56 10 0; BURGINPHONE Master Four Valve Receiver . . . . . 75 0 0; BURGINPHONE Master Five Valve Receiver . . . . . 89 0 0; Supplied by — N. D. HAGARTY LONGREACH. P.O. Box 137. Phone 31.[44]

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Advertisement for radio sales by 4WH's brother Neville Douglas Hagarty

CASH PRICE LIST OF BURGINPHONE Wireless Receivers. £ s. d. BURGINPHONE Standard Four Valve Receiver . . . 35 0 0; BURGINPHONE Standard Five Valve Receiver . . . 38 10 0; BURGINPHONE Senior Four Valve Receiver . . . 49 10 0; BURGINPHONE Senior Five Valve Receiver . . . 56 10 0; BURGINPHONE Master Four Valve Receiver . . . 75 0 0; BURGINPHONE Master Five Valve Receiver . . . 89 0 0; Supplied by N. D. HAGARTY LONGREACH. P.O. Box 137. Phone 31.[45]

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4WH on a trip south (Brisbane or Sydney?) seeking transmitting equipment and a motor generator

WIRELESS NOTES. . . . DX NOTES. . . . OA-4WH from Longreach is making a trip south and expects to arrive home in a few weeks laden with new transmitting gear and a motor generator. He wishes all shortwave listeners to keep an ear open for his signals.[46]

4WH noted indirectly as having meteorological duties associated with his post office position

Social and Personal. . . . Mr. Hartshorn of the Commonwealth Meteorological Bureau, Brisbane, arrived in Longreach on Wednesday from Windorah and left by yesterday's train for Brisbane. Mr. Hartshorn had been on a tour of inspection of the "first order" stations between Toowoomba and Charleville and left Quilpie by car for Windorah to instal a new barometer there. The one previously in use there was installed by the late Mr. Clement Wragge and though on inspection by Mr. Hartshorn it was found to be registering correctly — it had not been inspected since Mr. Wragge first installed it — Mr. Hartshorn installed the new one he had brought from Brisbane. At each station visited Mr. Hartshorn compared the rain gauges and took barometer readings to ascertain whether each were registering correctly. He was agreeably surprised to find Mr. Hallam of the Longreach staff such a keen amateur meteorologist, more so as Mr. Hallam was only relieving the regular meteorologist, Mr. Hagarty. It was a coincidence that rain should be about during Mr. Hartshorn's visit. He was continually being asked "Why cannot you get us some rain?" and was able to jocularly reply "I am doing my best; there has been a change in the weather ever since I left Quilpie!" This was Mr. Hartshorn's first visit to the Longreach-Windorah district; about 15 years ago he visited Alice in connection with meteorological matters and had not been in the district since. It speaks volumes for the quality of the instruments installed by the late Mr. Clement Wragge when they require so little attention.[47]

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4WH visits the "Wireless Notes" column editor in Rockhampton on his way back to Longreach after a visit to Sydney

DX NOTES. 4WH, from Longreach, passed through a few days ago on his way home from an enjoyable trip to Sydney. Mr. Hegarty will soon be leaving this State, so the fourth district hams will then need to mourn the loss of another trans-mitter. Anyway, we hope he will soon erect another outfit when he settles down again, and let us hear from him at times.[48]

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4WH attends the funeral of a Qantas pilot killed in an aeroplane accident at Adelaide, indicative of 4WH's growing interest in things aeronautical

The funeral of the late Mr. Geo. Nutson, who was killed near Adelaide in an aeroplane accident some weeks ago, took place to the Longreach cemetery last Friday afternoon. The cortege which started from the home of deceased's parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. Nutson, Pelican Street, was a large one, and was attended by a very representative gathering. Members of the Oddfellows Lodge walked beside and in front of the hearse. The Rev. Brown-Beresford officiated at the graveside. Wreaths were received from Bimbah Station, the staff at the Aerodrome, Cousins Bill and Etta, Father, Mother and Sister, Mr., Mrs. and Miss Bow, Mr. and Mrs. H. Volling and family, Officers and members of the Loyal Thompson Lodge, M.U.I.O.O.F., the management, office staff and pilots of "Qantas," Mr. and Mrs. Carter and family, Mrs. J. O'Farrell and family, Mr. Vanderveken, Aunt Emily and family, Uncle Bill, Mrs. S. A. Hagarty and family, Mr. Charles W. A. Scott, "Tom," Mrs. Swan and family, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Turner and family, Auntie Maude and Uncle Les and family, and Aunt Minnie and Cousins.[51]

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4WH's log of the Atalanta reproduced

THE KOOKABURRA. PILOT BRAINS STORY. HITCHCOCK STILL UNDISCOVERED. MOUND SEEN, NOT A GRAVE. TRIBUTE TO HIS PLANE CREW. LONGREACH, April 24. The following extracts from the log of radio station VK4WH were received by Mr. E. Hagarty, Longreach, today: 2.55 p.m.— The Qantas plane Atalanta is now flying between Camoweal and Kynuna. 3.5 p.m.— O.K. Now south. Ahead are some clouds, the first we have seen since last Saturday. 3.8 p.m.— Flying between Camooweal and Longreach. The Atalanta is going to Longreach from Camooweal. 3.25 p.m.— Kynuna now on the port bow. 3.35 p.m.— The Diamantina River is below. 4.10 p.m.— Winton is below; are going on to Longreach. A large crowd at the Longreach aerodrome this afternoon witnessed the arrival of the Qantas plane Atalanta which found Anderson's plane under such tragic circumstances. The crowd enthusiastically cheered L. J. Brain (air pilot) and F. W. Stevens, of 4QG as the Atalanta taxied up to the aerodrome at 5.37. They received congratulations from all quarters. The crew got out of the machine, looking tired and much sunburnt. When interviewed tonight, Mr. Brain said:— "At daybreak this morning the Atalanta took off from Newcastle Waters. At that time the Southern Cross was preparing to refuel just before proceeding to Moreton's camp, on the north end of Lander Creek, to recall the land party that had been arranged by the Air Force detachment, and was then going on to Oodnadatta where it was intended to refuel before proceeding to Sydney. "The Canberra was experiencing slight trouble with their valve gear and a loose propeller, but had refuelled and expected to depart two hours after the Atalanta got away, following the same route to Longreach and then on to Bourke and Sydney. "Due to the hazy conditions obtaining in the Northern Territory this morning and to the fact that Captain Holden was new to the route and would follow the route instead of taking a direct course, it was not likely he would get beyond Camooweal today. In the meantime the Atalanta left the ground at 7.20 Northern Territory time, landing at Brunette at 9.20. The machine remained there only half-an-hour and then proceeded on a direct course to Camooweal, arriving there at 11.30 and departing from there at 12.45 Queensland time. "The Atalanta refuelled at Camooweal and made a nonstop flight to Longreach, arriving at 5.37, the distance travelled today being over 900 miles." Speaking in regard to the finding of the Kookaburra, Mr. Brain said that when that machine was first sighted he naturally rejoiced and felt pleased, but there were few moments' tense anxiety as to the fate of the crew. He had previously flown over this spot some four years ago and knew the nature of the locality. "When I circled low and saw Anderson lying dead under the wing," he said, "by flying just above the tree tops and satisfying myself that he had been dead for some days, the realisation of the tragedy took away all the joy of the discovery. Obviously the signal fires lighted by Anderson had set fire to the spinifex and undergrowth, which was still smoking some 20 miles away. "We searched around for the best part of an hour in the vain hope of finding Hitchcock alive and then, in view of the fact that our machine was loaned and we were taking very grave risks in flying low around that sort of country, we decided it was desirable to proceed to Wave Hill and make sure our wireless signals, sent out from a short wave set aboard the machine by Mr. Stevens, of 4QG, had been received, and to confirm our report. "Yesterday, after leaving Wave Hill for the fourth time, we visited the machine, concentrating on the disturbed ground already mentioned by us. I satisfied myself that this was a hole dug in the ground for obtaining water and not for the purpose of burial, although it is still possible that the body of Hitchcock might be covered up by a bit of brush near the machine. "For the rest of the day following our gruesome find, the sense of the tragedy weighed heavily on us." Mr. Brain stated the exact locality of Anderson's machine, which had been cheeked and rechecked by him on each occasion he visited the scene. It was 105 miles west by north from Powell's Creek and 80 miles east by southeast from Wave Hill homestead, which was the nearest habitation. It was all desert country. Mr. Brain intimated that his statement that thc body under the wing of the machine was Anderson was corroborated by Kingsford Smith, who had flown low over the scene, and he knew the unfortunate man intimately. Last night at Newcastle Waters Kingsford Smith had stated to him how greatly his party felt the tragedy, particularly as Anderson had lost his life in an endeavout to find the Southern Cross. There was a grave possibility of Hitchcock also being dead. Kingsford Smith had expressed his willingness to jump in a parachute over the locality if he thought any useful purpose could be served. The whole of the Air Force party had already expressed their anxiety to jump over in a parachute, but were dissuaded by Mr. Brain as he considered it was not reasonable to risk further lives without some definite prospect of achievement. The operations of the land party, which had set out from Wave Hill, had all been taken over by a detachment of the Air Force. Flight-Lieutenant Eaton was in charge and the machines would act as guides, providing emergency supplies. It has been a strenuous time for the crew of the Atalanta, the machine flying up to ten hours every day. Brain expressed great admiration of the excellent work put in by Mr. Stevens in maintaining the radio and assisting the mechanic, Mr. P. H. Coopston, working half the night in refuelling and maintaining the engine. "It was eye straining work searching in desert and he was a wonder," said Mr. Brain. The Atalanta carried a transmitting and receiving set, the latter to be used in the event of a forced landing. Mr. Brain regards the trip as being a triumph for aviation and radio in Australia, reflecting great credit on the Qantas machine and the organisation running to schedule day in day out like clockwork. Captain Matheson, of the Goulburn Aero Club, wno was on his way to join in the search for the Kookaburra, with E. Finn as mechanic, and who was held up in Duchess owing to engine trouble, arrived in Longreach today from Duchess. His machine, when approaching Duchess, sustained broken piston rings caused by badly fitted cylinders. He was ready to leave Duchess for Wave Hill on Monday when the news came through that the Kookaburra had been located. Only for this unfortunate mishap Captain Matheson would have been on the scene eight days before and would probably have searched the same area as Brain. He proceeds to Goulburn tomorrow morning. The Atalanta is now being looked over in the Qantas workshops. Mr. Brain has not definitely decided whether the machine will proceed to Brisbane in the morning or whether it will stay here tomorrow to permit of a thorough inspection being given the machine following on its gruelling trip. LONDON, April 24. "The Times" says: "Rejoicing in Australia over the finding of the Southern Cross has been quickly turned to mourning. It is idle now to reflect that if Anderson had kept his original intention of joining Kingsford-Smith he, and probably also Hitchcock, would be still living. What is to be remembered of both is that of their own free will, like the other Australian searchers, they risked the perils of a flight over inhospitable desert regions and set out at the call of duty on an errand of mercy, from which they have not returned and have lost their lives in an endeavour to save others from a like fate. Australia could not wish for them a nobler epitaph." "The Times" compared them with Amundsen, Guilbaud and Dietrichson who perished while searching for the survivors of the Italia. BRISBANE, April 24. A message from Camooweal this afternoon stated that Captain Holden in the Canberra, arrived there at 3 p.m. and was stopping for the night. He would not make a statement. The following message was sent by Mr. Stevens, the wireless operator of the plane Atalanta, from Camooweal, to the Director of 4QG this afternoon:— "Had a good run this morning. Left Newcastle Waters at 7.40 a.m. Stopped at Brunette station for morning tea. Will lunch here and refuel and then probably make Longreach tonight or, if night falls, will stop at Winton." A number of wireless messages were transmitted from the Atalanta by Stevens during the day and were picked up by the amateur station 4WX [sic, 4WH] at Longreach, operated by Mr. W. E. Hegarty (sic, Hagarty). The wireless message, stated Mr. Hegarty, was very clear and the progress of the Atalanta's flight to Brisbane could be easily followed. The last message, timed 4.25 p.m., stated: "Just passed Winton." The news that Winton had been passed pointed definitely to the fact that the pilot of the Atalanta, Captain Brain, intended to stay overnight at Longreach and in the morning he would make for Charleville, en route to Brisbane. SYDNEY, April 24. The Prime Minister (Mr. Bruce) stated today that the Government had decided to hold an inquiry into the forced landing of the Southern Cross, the Kookaburra tragedy, and the crashing of one of the Defence Department's planes engaged in the search. For the moment the inquiry will be limited to this as the Government has not yet decided what form it will take. It would, however, be given full power to obtain any information it needed. The Prime Minister also stated that instructions had been sent to the Central Australian authorities, instructing them to arrange for the bodies of Anderson and Hitchcock to be brought to the nearest settlement, and after the necessary legal formalities had been completed, they would be taken where their relatives requested for burial. Although the Prime Minister did not announce it, it may be taken for granted that the inquiry will not be conducted by the Air Accidents Board, for the reason that three of the members of that Board are members of the Government service, and there has been considerable criticism of the Department in connection with the search. It is probable too, that the inquiry will go much further than the matters mentioned above. The events of the last few weeks have emphasised the necessity for regulations dealing with flights over uninhabitable country in Australia and to other countries, to ensure that before a plane starts on such a venture it will be properly equipped to meet all emergencies and in a proper condition to attempt the voyage on which it is to embark. The Commonwealth possesses certain powers in regard to planes, but they are apparently inadequate, as was proved when an attempt was made to stop Anderson flying to England last year in a plane which the officials regarded as unsuitable. The States have powers, too, with regard to fights within their boundaries, but there does not seem to be any co-ordination. There does not seem to be any constitutional difficulty which cannot be surmounted, in evolving a set of regulations to cover all flights, whether interstate or introstate, and there seems to be a general agreement that it is time something in this connection was done. Therefore, it is probable that when the terms of reference are issued to the body conducting this inquiry, it will be found that they will be required to go into this aspect of the question and make a report on the existing regulations and recommendations for their improvement. The Prime Minister was asked about the suggestion that the Government make provision for the dependants of the two airmen, but replied that when information as to their circumstances was available and their application for assistance came in, the matter would receive sympathetic consideration. Later. A wireless message from the Canberra today stated:— "On arrival at Newcastle Waters we were met by Smith and Ulm, who had arrived there some time before in the Southern Cross. It was a great meeting, as it was the first time we had spoken to them since we saw them fly away from Richmond. We had many things to tell each other, of their getting lost and our successful search for them and finding them alive on April 12th. We all had no fewer than four lots of billy tea and then turned in for the night, all sleeping in the open under the machines." MELBOURNE, April 24. The Minister for Defence (Sir W. Glasgow) announced today that arrangements were being made by the Administrator of North Australia to send a party for the purpose of conveying the bodies of Anderson and Hitchcock to Wave Hill. The land party which left Wave Hill on Tuesday for the scene of the tragedy, being hastily organised, would not be equipped for this duty. ADELAIDE, April 24. Mr. A. Shannon, of Eudunda, in a letter to the "Register News Pictorial," says he is prepared to give £100 as the nucleus of a contribution towards a fund to be devoted to the erection of a memorial to Anderson and Hitchcock. He suggests a monument on the spot where those heroes did something more than "lay down their lives for their friends." He says: "The solitary grandeur of the place — and it is grand in spite of its cruelty — seems to me to offer an eminently suitable setting for the commemoration of one of the noblest epics in Australian history." PERTH, April 24. Mrs. Anderson, the mother of Lieutenant Anderson, today authorised the following message to be sent to the Prime Minister, Mr. Bruce:— "With reference to the newspaper, report that the Federal Ministry is considering the erection of a memorial in Central Australia to Lieutenant Anderson and Pilot Hitchcock, Mrs. Anderson respectfully suggests that a fitting memorial would be the creation of suitable landing grounds of service to aviators with a simple memorial recording the sacrifice." FREMANTLE, April 24. When spoken to today concerning the proposal for the erection of a memorial to Lieutenant Anderson and R. S. Hitchcock, the relatives of the latter, who reside in Fremantle, expressed their disapproval of the idea of erecting a memorial in Central Australia where it would be seen by few for many years to come. They thought that it would be more fitting that a memorial should be erected at Perth where the aviators had many relatives and friends. The late Pilot Hitchcock's relatives have expressed a desire for his body to be brought to Perth for burial.[52]

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4WH plays an important role in the RAAF Wireless Reserve

Air Force Reserve. Queensland Activities. Great Interest in Work. During the past few weeks over 1,000 words of Air Force traffic have been handled by the Queensland net of the Air Force Wireless Reserve. The reserve consists of amateur transmitters and its principal function is to assist aviators during long distance flights. Each State provides a division for the reserve, and each division nominates a station for section guard. The operator of this station is in charge of the organisation in his State. Other amateur transmitters who offer their services for the reserve are appointed duty stations. The section guard prepares a roster and each station keeps watch in turn. The central control station is VJR (Point Cook, Victoria). This is an Air Force station. The fundamental idea of the reserve is to establish reliable means of contact throughout the Commonwealth for aviators. ASSISTANCE FOR PILOTS. All official pilots are supplied with a list of the guards and duty stations and a map showing the position of these stations, so that in the event of forced landings they may be able to establish communication with their base at once. The general call for these Air Force stations is CQR. The reserve is functioning well in Queensland. The section guard station is VK4MM (M. O'Brien, president of the Queensland Division of the Wireless Institute). This station keeps in touch with the headquarters of the reserve in Melbourne either directly or by relays through New South Wales stations. Communication nets have been established in this State, one operating very successfully between Brisbane and Longreach, the station at the central district township being VK4WH, which is operated by Mr. W. E. Hagarty. MINISTER'S AERIAL TRIP. This particular net enabled the Minister for Home and Territories (Mr. C. L. A. Abbott) to maintain communication between the air liner Canberra and Melbourne during his recent aerial trip through Central and Northern Australia. Mr. Hagarty received the transmissions from the Canberra each day, and passed the messages on to Mr. O'Brien, who in turn relayed them on to the Victorian guards' station, VK3CP (Mr. C. G. Paterson). The Victorian is the amateur who first established wireless communication between Australia and America on the 10 metre wave length. Several other members of the Queensland division of the Wireless Institute are duty stations on the reserve. Up to the present the Queensland members of the reserve have conducted operations on the 3,500 KC band (80 metres). This has been found to be the ideal frequency for inter-State work. Great interest is being displayed in the work of the reserve, which has now become an integral part of the defence system of the Commonwealth.[53]

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4WH's activities with the RAAF Wireless Reserve mentioned, though peripheral to the Neptune exercise

Wireless Reserve. Flight of the Neptune. Successful Exercises. By "LISTENER" During the flight of the Royal Australian Air Force Southampton flying boat Neptune from Melbourne to Hobart and thence to Sydney and Brisbane, Group Captain S. J. Goble and his fellow officers were in constant touch with wireless stations of the Royal Australian Wireless Reserve. Flying in the teeth of a strong gale the flying boat arrived in Brisbane on Sunday morning from Ballina, where it had remained overnight. "It was good to know that we were within hearing of a wireless station throughout our long trip," said one of the officers on his arrival. "Members of the wireless reserve must possess a wonderful amount of enthusiasm to sacrifice so much of their leisure time to assist the defence force." In making this remark the officer was aware of the fact that during the all night flight from Hobart to Sydney last Friday members of the reserve were listening all the time to messages from the plane and passing them on to Air Force headquarters at Richmond and Laverton (Victoria). The chain of stations that listened came into operation on November 11, before the flying boat left Melbourne. The chain comprises 7DX, Hobart (W. T. Watkins), 2RF, Sydney (W. R. Felton), 3KB, Melbourne (A. L. Kissick), and 4MM, Brisbane (Mr. M.M. O'Brien), with which were associated the wireless stations at Richmond and Laverton aerodromes (Victoria), and VIB (Pinkenba, Brisbane). Having completed all arrangements for the reserve to engage in exercises during his flight Group Captain Goble set out in the Neptune for Hobart. All stations in the chain listened in on 600 metres for messages from the plane and reported to Richmond and Laverton via 7DX on a wavelength of 41 metres. Steady signals on the short wave length were maintained throughout with the aid of crystal control. When the Neptune left Hobart at 10.25 p.m. Friday the chain of stations again successfully re-established inter-communication between land and air. SHORT WAVE VAGARIES. An illustration of the vagaries of short waves was obtained at 3 a.m. on Saturday, when owing to their skip distance peculiarities, the Richmond and Laverton stations in Victoria could not communicate with one another, and had to utilise the services of 2RF (Sydney) to relay their messages, Mr. O'Brien followed the progress of the plane until 4 a.m. on Saturday when he signed off. The plane came down in Jervis Bay to refuel from the Albatross before proceeding to Sydney which was reached at midday on Saturday. Leaving that afternoon the plane encountered strong headwinds which forced a stay at Ballina over night. Next morning the plane took off again and reached Brisbane. The wireless reserve chain of stations kept in touch with the plane on each hop. RESERVE PRAISED. On arrival of the plane in Brisbane it was met by Mr. O'Brien whose station, 4MM is the reserve guard station for Queensland, and who is president of the Wireless Institute of Australia, Queensland division. Group-captain Goble expressed satisfaction with and pleasure at the work done by members of the reserve during his flight. Captain Goble referred particularly to the good work done by the Hobart station which, he said, had been most attentive to the messages sent out for retransmission to headquarters in Melbourne. Whilst 4MM and 2RF were exchanging messages early on Saturday morn-ing a powerful telephone station was heard. It came in as loud as station 4QG," said Mr. O'Brien, who was unable to ascertain what station it was. Evidently it was an American or British station. HEAVY STATIC. Because of heavy static no aerial or earth wires were used by 4MM for reception purposes. The whole of the work done evidenced the reliability of the Royal Australian Wireless Reserve. The Neptune is not equipped with a short wave transmitter; it is able to transmit only on 600 and 1,300 metres, the signs for each being VMZAD and V3U. The father of the reserve scheme is Mr. Kingsley Love (Federal President of the Wireless Instltute of Australia, who owns and operates station 3BM. When he was in Brisbane at the last conference of the Institute he set out the fine details of the scheme and urged all members of the organisation to co-operate to make it a success. When Air Force machines visited Longreach this year a chain of stations was organised to enable the planes to keep in constant communication with their base in Melbourne. The stations in the chain are 4WH, Longreach (W. E. Hegarty), 4MM, Brisbane (Mr. M. M. O'Brien), 7DX, Hobart (W. T. Watkins), and 3BQ (Max Howden).[54]

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4WH's Electoral Roll registration 1930 Longreach

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: William Edward Hagarty
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1930
  • Subdistrict: Longreach
  • State: Queensland
  • District: Kennedy
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 1018, Hagarty, Neville Douglas, Hospital Hill, Woodworker, Male
  • Entry: 1019, Hagarty, Sarah Alice, Kingfisher st, home duties, Female
  • Entry: 1020, Hagarty, William Edward, Kingfisher st, postal assistant, Male[55]
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4WH's brother exhibits wireless sets at the Longreach Show

Longreach P. and A. Society. Fairly Successful Show. The twenty-third annual show of the Longreach P. and A. Society opened on Wednesday, and was fairly successful, the attendance, although not up to previous years, being satisfactory. The weather had a deterrent effect as on the previous evening heavy showers fell in the district, and on Wednesday appearances pointed to a downpour. Fortunately for the committee no rain fell during the day, but a cold northerly wind was apparent. The pavilion exhibits were first-class and created great interest. Trade displays were on view from Messrs. Solley's Ltd., exhibiting Australian goods and electrical appliances. Mr. E, G. Harris also had a collection of electrical fittings and separators, while Messrs. Meacham & Leyland exhibited hardware of every description. Messrs. W. H. Paling & Co., were present with pianos, &c., also the Singer Sewing Machine with samples of their manufactures. Messrs. Walz Bros, presented a magnificent collection of small goods. Mrs. J. Conway had a pretty exhibit of handmade flowers of her own manufacture, and the Ambulance bearers had their prizes for the Art Union on view. Near the main entrance Messrs. Edwards, Martin Ltd. had a Dickson's utility gate and other exhibits, while Mr. N. Hagarty displayed wireless sets.[56]

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4WH working Tom Elliott at 4CM

Amateur Stations. Conditions are certainly much im-proved and there is very llttle cause for complaint. W, AC, KC, KA, VK3, VK5, VK6, ZL, VK7, and VE stations are coming through o.k. at good strength. . . . VK4NA is now a night worker on 40 metres. VK4AB on 40 metres relaying tests. VK4LS on 40 metres Sunday and VK4WH was QSO VK4CM. . .[57]

4WH working from Longreach on 40 metres

Amateur Stations. Static has made the 40 and 80 metre bands most uninteresting during the week. DX has been answering, but static and interference have spoilt contacts. . . . VK4BH was on 40 metres on Sunday afternoon and 80 at night. VK4WH, Longreach, also QSO on 40 metres. VK4JW testing spark coils on 40 metres. . . .[58]

4WH heard operating on 40 metres

Amateur Stations. Conditions on 40 metres are lifting and ZL is working DX on 20 metres. . . The following stations have been heard.— On 40 metres: VK2OJ, VK5MF, VK5BO, AC2CO, W9GV. VK3EM, VK6FL, VK6FM, VK4AH, VK4AM, VK3PP, VK7JK, VK3YL, VK3ZO, VK3LU, VK5IT, ZL4BN, ZL4AM, VK3NQ, VK3JR, VK3TM, PK3BQ, PK1JR, PK3CR, J3CK, J1DR, W6CUH, W6AM, VK5WR, VK2SA, VK4GW, VK2SK, VK2DP, VK4NA, VK4AW, VK4FB, VK4WH, VK4VH, W6BSK, KA1JR, VK6DX, VK6PK, W6BCK, KA1JR, VK6DX, VK6PK, VK2HM, VKX2HM, VK3LU, VK4MM, VK4AB, VK7CH, VK2OW, VK2GR, VK2HC, VK2JF, VK2NS, VK3WL, VK2KZ, VK2LX, VK4NW, VK5XK, VK5MB, VK5WH, VK5BY. . . .[59]

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4WH's brother Neville appears to be the driving force behind 4WH's broadcasts on 200 metres (1500 kHz - SSD)

GATHERED AT RANDOM. . . . Using very low power, Station 4WH Longreach, with a wave length of 200 meters, gave an interesting programme last Sunday morning, broadcasting items rendered by the Blackall Blue Bird Jazz Band, the members making the trip across for the football match that day. The latest jazz hits were played and reports from listeners-in as far distant as 150 miles state that reception was good. Station 4WH is an experimental station, the hobby of Mr. N. D. Hagarty, who states it is his intention to broadcast on a larger scale during the remaining Winter months.[60]

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4WH marries Dorothy May Sutton

HAGARTY-SUTTON. At St. Brigid's Church, Emu-Street Longreach, on Monday, the Rev. Father Healion celebrated the marriage of Mr. William Edward Hagarty (eldest son of Mrs. S. A. Hagarty and the late E. W. Hagarty, Longreach) to Miss Dorothy May Sutton (youngest daughter of Mrs. E. Sutton and the late W. C. Sutton, Longreach). The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. W. J. Sutton, wore a frock of ivory silk georgette with tight fitting bodice and flared hip flounce the fully flared skirt falling in soft folds to the ankle. The beautiful silk embroidered Brussels net veil was arranged cap fashion with a coronet of orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of eucharist lilies and white roses. The chief bridesmaid, Miss Florence Sutton, sister of the bride, chose a lemon silk georgette frock, with fully flared ankle length skirt. She wore a lemon tulle cap arranged with bows on either side and carried a bouquet of pink and cream roses. The second bridesmaid, Miss Elma Hagarty, sister of the bridegroom, wore an ankle length frock of pale apricot georgette, with double flared skirt and flared frill on bodice, finished at waist with a diamante buckle. Her headdress was of pale apricot tulle. She carried a bouquet of fresh flowers tied with apricot ribbons. Mr. N. Hagarty was best man and Mr. R. Sutton groomsman. After the ceremony a reception was held at the residence of the bridegroom's mother, where intimate friends of the families were entertained. Mrs. Sutton received the guests in a brown figured art silk gown trimmed with beige, hat to tone. The bridegroom's mother, was attired in a frock of figured crepe de Chene, releived with rose beige, two toned straw hat. She carried a bouquet of roses. The Rev. Father Healion presided and the usual toasts were honoured. The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a zylonite manicure set whilst the bride's gift to the bridegroom was a set of xylonite military hair brushes. Each bridesmaid received a lady's hand bag from the bridegroom. The honeymoon will be spent in Sydney and Brisbane next month, when the happy couple expect to be present at the opening of the Sydney Bridge.[61]

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4WH and new wife depart for honeymoon in Sydney

SOCIAL & PERSONAL. . . . Mr. and Mrs. E. Hagarty, who were recently married, departed by yesterday's mail train for Sydney.[62]

4WH visits the WIAQ en route to Sydney

Club Notes. . . . THE monthly meeting of the Wireless Institute (Queensland division) was held on Friday last, and there was a very good attendance of members and students. . . . During the week the institute had the pleasure of a visit from Mr. W. E. Hagarty (VK4WH), of Longreach, who was passing through with Mrs. Hagarty on his way to Sydney. He will be returning to Brisbane towards the end of the month. He is very anxious to meet as many as possible of the local members.[63]

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4WH and new wife return to Longreach after honeymoon

SOCIAL & PERSONAL. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Hagarty, after honeymooning in the south, including visiting Sydney for the bridge celebrations, have returned.[64]

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Vic Eddy calls for extension of Navigation Act to include provision of wireless equipment in aircraft noting 4WH role in recent flight

Letters to the Editor. WIRELESS FOR AIRMEN. Sir,— In these enlightened days it is pitiful to read of the sufferings of those German fliers, just now reclaimed in Northern Australia. And all for the want of an efficient portable medium range wireless telegraph transmitter! Just to hammer home to the various Governments the crying need for extension of the Navigation Act may I have the "air"? When Sir Charles Kingsford Smith turned his plane's nose at Australia, his transmitter dropped a grand signal into Brisbane just before nightfall here on the day he left. And that signal linked us with him, on the two-valve receiver we used. En route to England our strategic WIA station VK4WH Longreach followed him nearly to Singapore. This from air screw driven alternators; their characteristic whining output and broad tuning did the trick, plus, of course, the power employed. Now it has been my experience that pilots sneer at wireless operators. A pilot's Bible consists of maps, compass and a vague something called "sense of direction." I am able to substantiate what next I say. A small transceiver will fill the bill for most aircraft with any of the small receiving valves such as UX201A, DE5, LS5A, TB04/10, a 6-volt 50-hour accumulator and 150 volts of Everready or Diamond batteries. I'll guarantee to raise New Zealand at night and Sydney night or day. How Is it done? By simple mathematics, and choice of wavelength! That's all! I have repeatedly spoken to New Zealand amateurs who used dry cell valves with 45 volts of battery on the plate. VK7DX used no plate battery on his oscillator at any time to speak to WIA HQ in Melbourne from Hobart. He merely hitched the plate pin of the valve to the positive side of his 6-volt accumulator. When the Southern Cross was lost at Wyndham the operator had 135 volts of dry batteries aboard, and brand new ones at that, any amateur would have been in communication with Perth or Longreach that night. Yet the big wheel was manhandled to drive a generator that was useless on the ground. Furthermore, Brisbane amateurs, at the request of Western Australian search organisation, searched and searched night and day for signals from that plane. Pioneering amateurs install AIM sets in the outback — ask John Flynn. There is no need for elaborate installations to cover medium distances. Bring planes under the scope of the Navigation Act and never more will we read of episodes such as the loss of that three-engined liner which left Sydney and vanished. For Australian conditions an AC plate supply on 32 metres will fill the bill — ask any old time amateur who used that wave before it was filched from them.— Yours, &c., VIC. EDDY.[65]

4WH's brother again advertising radio sales

NO MATTER what make of radio receiver you want, Hagarty's can supply, instal and service.[66]

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4WH heard operating on New Years' Day

WIRELESS AND BROADCASTING. (All communications concerning wireless matters should be addressed to "Metre," c/o The Editor. The expert retained by the "Catholic Press" will answer questions, and help subscribers to fully understand their radio sets.) BY "METRE." . . . The following Australian stations were working on New Year's Day:— Second Dis-trict: VK2VG, VK21C, VK2DA, VK2WU, VK2PE, VK2VG, VK2AN, VK2OX. Third District: VK3ZL, VK3JX, VK3WK, VK3KX, VK3FY, VK3AX, VK3XR, VK3RB, VK3XF, VK3TB, VK3TM, VK3WY, VK3HF, VK3PU. Fourth District: VK4UU, VK4JU, VK4WH, VK4KL, VK4PN, VK4YG. Fifth District: VK5DQ, VK5RH. Sixth District: Nil.[67]

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4WH's brother Neville displays at Longreach Show

Magnificent Success -- 26th Longreach Show. Gate Receipts a Record. SHEEP SECTION SPLENDIDLY SUPPORTED. LANSDOWNE STUD, CHAMPION AND RESERVE CHAMPION RAMS. STRATHDARR, CHAMPION EWE. SHEEP DOG TRIALS AND CAMP DRAFT BIG FEATURES. The first three days' show held in Longreach, concluded on Thursday, when the attendance reached a record for a show day in Longreach, and which was considered a wonderful achievement in view of such a large portion of the district being in the throes of drought. The third afternoon's sporting section was mainly devoted to a new innovation in Longreach, camp draft and bushmen'« carnival, and which was a successful feature of the show. The sheep dog trials was another important feature that received much greater support this year than ever before, and despite some difficulties, that were encountered in getting the trials through it was, in the opinion of Mr. George Taylor, of Ellwyn, Morven, owner of the winner of the Open Trial, a big success. The show is essentially a sheep show, and it was on this section that the greatest interest was centred. The exhibits reached a total rarely exceeded at a Longreach show, but in quality easily sur-passed anything ever displayed in the grounds. There were exhibits from a large number of' the western studs, the highest honours falling to Lansdowne Stud, which won the champion and reserve champion ram awards. Strathdarr Stud was successful in the champion ewe, the reserve ribbon going to Terrick Terrick Stud. The rams for the sale on Thursday morning were penned in the Society's new yards, and were keenly inspected by the large number of graziers who visited Longreach for the show and sales. Tne ram sales mean a big thing to the Society for they, in themselves, constitute a sheep show. There were present representative rams from the leading studs of the Commonwealth. . . . N. G. HAGARTY. Mr. N. G. Hagarty, the well-known wireless expert and agent, occupied a prominent place in the pavilion, displaying sets, speakers, batteries, valves etc.[68]

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4WH's brother provides an excellent display at the Longreach Show

At the Show. SPLENDID TRADE EXHIBITS. NOT FULLY REPRESENTATIVE IMPORTANT TOWN OF LONGREACH. Although the trade exhibits were not nearly fully representative of the businesses and industries of Longreach, in the pavilion they compared more than favourably with former shows, every available space being used. . . . N. D. HAGARTY. This exhibitor had an attractive display showing the very latest models of the Radiola wireless sets, particularly showing the new "Rotovisor" tuning face, which indicates at a glance the name of the station wanted as well as its wave length. Daytime reception results are guaranteed with these sets, and this fact was amply supported during the show days, when splendid results were coming through. There were two battery and an all-electric model shown. The former types, using six valves, give the results of an eight valve model. This is a distinct advantage for country users, in that there is much less charging of batteries due to the smaller amount of power required. A big feature of Mr. Hagarty's business, is that free service is given with each machine purchased. Sales recently have been freely made; 11 sets have been installed, 1 shown in the exhibit is sold, and there are orders for 4 more placed with the principals, for immediate delivery, all in the last 3 weeks. Attention has been paid to providing cabinets which will be unaffected by the severe climatic conditions of Western Queensland, and there is no chance of the cases cracking.[69]

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4WH reported communicating with an Australian Inland Mission aeroplane operating as 8XT

ON SHORT WAVES. . . . DX News. 8XT heard on several occasions is the call of an aeroplane used by the Australian Inland Mission. The signals were pure and steady as a land station without any sign of a surge that is common with plane signals. On one occasion the operator was heard to remark that the plane was 40 miles south of Cloncurry and 2,000 ft. up, on the way to Innamincka, with a nurse and doctor on board. Another morning the operator was heard talking VK4EI and VK4WH of Queensland.[70]

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4WH's two brothers Neville and Norman fly back from Brisbane to Longreach in Neville's Moth

Hagarty Brothers. AERIAL HOLIDAY COMPLETED. 20 HOURS FLYING. PREPARING FOR B. LICENSE. Coming from Townsville in 5 3/4 hours flying time, and staying at Charters Towers and Hughenden en route, Messrs Neville and Norman Hagarty, completed, their flying holiday on Saturday afternoon at 6 o'clock in Neville's Moth. They did altogether about 17 hours in the air on the trip, and including joy flights in which friends were given a spin aloft in Brisbane and Rockhampton, about 20 hours. The machine behaved splendidly on the journey throughout, and working out the cost of petrol and oil, Mr. Hagarty states this is less than for a car on the same trip. Mr. Hagarty left the machine in Brisbane in November last, and de-sired to bring it back to Longreach. The holiday plans were made some months ago. Fine weather was ex-perienced from Brisbane to Rock-hampton, but from then to Mackay, and on to Townsville, a good deal of cloud and scattered showers were experienced, necessitating a fair amount of low flying. The coastal routes cannot compare in any way with the magnificent flying condi-tions associated with the western country — "where it is all one large land-ing ground," said Mr. Hagarty. From Charters Towers to Prairie they were flying over scrub all the way, and it was not till they got to Hughenden that they got out of the timbered country, or to the plains, which are recognised in aviation circles, as the finest flying country in the world. All the grounds the travellers used were licensed Gov-ernment aerodromes, except Charters Towers and Hughenden, where the prepared areas have not been taken over by the Defence Department. Mr. Neville Hagarty has now done about 85 hours flying, and the time spent on this trip will help considerably towards any later at-tempt to be made to obtain a "B" (commercial) license. It is Mr. Hagarty's intention in the future to go for the latter license and the varied experience on the recently completed trip will stand him in good stead.[71]

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4WH's brother Neville, now a QANTAS mechanic, participates in the search for the missing aeroplane Atalanta

MAIL PLANE MISSING. FAILS TO REACH WINTON. Anxiety Felt For Safety Of Atalanta. LONGREACH, October 3. The Qantas mail 'plane, Atalanta. which left Longreach at 5.45 a.m. today for the North, failed to arrive at Winton, where it was due at 7 a.m., and up till a late hour tonight a search had failed to locate it. The Atalanta was in the charge of Pilot Norman Chapman, and its passengers were Mr. H. Henrickson (submanager of the Shell Oil Company, Sydney) and Mr. R. McKnoe (manager of the Sandalwood Cutting Syndicate, Winton). The 'plane was seen flying over Moscow station, 51 miles from Winton, where it dropped newspapers. It was also heard about 1 o'clock over Vindex station, 100 miles from Longreach and 20 miles from Winton. It was then behind schedule. Messrs. Neville Hagarty (a Qantas mechanic) and R. Jones (Qantas foreman) left in the former's 'plane at 11.30 and searched between here and Winton. They reported at Clyde, near Moscow, and continued the search west by the usual route to Winton. where they landed. Here Mr. Hagarty picked up a bush man who knows the country to the west and southwest of Winton. Pilot Eric Donaldson (Cloncurry), and Pilot Owen (Longreach) joined in the search. All 'planes returned to Winton with the report that there was no sign of the missing machine. Mr. Fergus McMaster (Chairman of Directors of Qantas) is in touch with the searchers from Moscow. The pilots usually fly by landmarks, but they also have compasses. The Atalanta was in good order when it left. Pilot Chapman has been with Qantas about five months. His wife and two children reside in Longreach. Mr. McMaster is not pessimistic. He thinks it is quite likely the 'plane has landed at a spot where there is no communication. The search will be continued tomorrow and every possible aid, including the Inland Mission wireless station, will be enlisted. WINTON, October 3. The Atalanta dropped mail at Moscow, and when seen at Melrose was slightly to the west of its usual course. 'Phone messages indicate that the 'plane passed over Mount Landsborough and then Wirribi, on the Warrnambool Downs road, 33 miles south of Winton, heading west into timbered and rough, hilly country. A Qantas search 'plane, piloted by Mr. Hagarty, a Longreach resident, arrived at 2.15 p.m. after searching between Melrose and Winton and landing at Moscow, where Mr. Fergus McMaster (chairman of directors of Qantas) resides. THREE 'PLANES SEARCHING. Pilot Donaldson, and Pilot Owen arrived here about 5 o'clock this afternoon, within a few minutes of each other, to assist in the search for the missing 'plane. Pilot Owen, who was on his way to Darwin, has been engaged by Qantas for the purpose. A dust haze has been prevalent for the last few days, but visibility is fairly good. The Atalanta passed Wirribi at 7.30 this morning and had enough petrol to keep going for two hours. It is stated that there are plenty of good landing grounds available in the direction the lost 'plane was seen to take. Several of the homesteads in the area are without telephones.[72]

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4WH provides evidence in respect of the crash of an Atalanta near Longreach

THE AIR DISASTER. INQUIRY TO BE HELD. Commencing at Longreach. LONDON, November 16. Aeronautical circles hope that the enquiry into the D.H. 86's will not involve the postponement of the opening of the Australian Air Mall Service, which has been most keenly anticipated since the air race brought the Commonwealth into the forefront of Imperial aviation. A Press representative is informed that Imperial Airways have sufficient Atalantas at Singapore to enable a service to Australia on the original schedule, if the inquiry is not completed on the opening date. The Atalantas are running between Karachi and Singapore without accident, and with regularity for 12 months. It would be easy to send them on to Australia until the future policy is determined. . . . LONGREACH, November 16. Arrivals here today in connection with yesterday's air crash, were Captain Frank Neale with Wing Commander Harrison (a member of the Air Accidents Committee) and Major Murray Jones. They flew from Charleville this morning in two hours, averaging 130 miles per hour, and proceeded immediately to the scene of the crash. Pilot L. J. Brain, Flight Superintendent of Qantas Empire Airways, who has been on the scene since yesterday, considers it likely that the copilot, First Officer Cretes, who was at the controls, possibly tried to establish wireless communication, and that while he was doing so the machine swung. In an endeavor to correct the swing, he developed a spiral, to crash. Yesterday's investigations did not disclose any breakage, for the fault which occurred in the air leading to the crash. The fin stabiliser had been in use, and was off "neutral," showing that it had been used in an endeavor to correct control. The establishment of the wireless communication theory is supported by a report by a local enthusiast, a Mr. Hagarty, who heard, just before six o'clock yesterday morning, someone evidently tuning in. When he endeavored to pick up the calls they suddenly crashed. The time coincides with the crash. . . . It now appears the wireless operator of the ill-fated machine had been trying to send a message to Mr. W. Hagarty of Longreach a moment before the crash occurred. Mr. Hagarty stated tonight he heard unintelligible signals which he is positive came from the 'plane, not only because they were on the machine's wave length and were received at the time the crash occurred, but because he had arranged to establish communication with Pilot Creates as soon as the 'plane left Longreach. Mr. Hagarty said the signals sounded as though they were coming from apparatus slightly out of adjustment through a failing valve or too much power. He heard the signals for about a minute. After trying to communicate with the 'plane for nearly an hour, Mr. Hagarty heard only . . .[73]

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D.H.86's Signals Heard. TOO FAST TO FOLLOW Picked Up Just Before Crash. VISIT TO SCENE. LONGREACH, Saturday. W. HEAGARTY, a Longreach wireless enthusiast, who heard strong signals shortly before the time of the D.H.86's disastrous crash on Thursday, states that they were so rapid as to be unintelligible. He had arranged to establish communication with W. V. Creastes, a member of the crew of the air liner, shortly after the plane left Longreach, and was positive that the signals came from the plane. The sound indicated that something was causing an uncontrolled movement of the key of the plane. Possibly the operator might have left the transmitter open when he was calling. Wing-Commander Harrison. director of aeronautical inspections for the R.A.A.F., and deputy chairman of the Air Accidents Investigation Committee, visited the scene of the crash today, immediately after his arrival here, and took charge of investigations. Capt. Neale and Major Murray Jones, of the De Havilland Co., have also be sent to the scene. During the day the evidence of eye-witnesses was taken.[74]

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PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO AIR DISASTER. PLANS FOR SERVICE TO BE REVIEWED. Conference Summoned in Sydney. EXPERT THEORIES ON CAUSE. (Start Photo Caption) Mr. E. H. Broadfoot, one of the victims of the crash. (End Photo Caption) A PUBLIC inquiry has been ordered into the air disaster near Longreach on Thursday, when a DH86 'plane crashed and four men were killed. The inquiry will probably open on Monday. Strange, unintelligible wireless signals from the machine, it was disclosed yesterday, were received by a Longreach radio enthusiast, who had arranged to communicate with the wireless officer. The arrangements for the Australia — Singapore service will be reviewed in Sydney on Monday at a conference of representatives of the Government and the contractors. A DIRECTION to hold an open inquiry, which was issued by the civil aviation department in Melbourne, was received yesterday by Wing-Commander Harrison (deputy chairman of the air accidents investigation committee), who is in Longreach. The inquiry would be begun as soon as possible, said Wing Commander Harrison last night. He would have to arrange for the witnesses to come to Longreach to give their evidence, and he would try to complete these arrangements on Saturday so that the inquiry could be opened on Monday. After all evidence available in Longreach had been obtained the inquiry would be adjourned to Brisbane, where the full committee, with the chairman (Col. Gipps) and the assistance of counsel and a secretary, would hear evidence. Evidence of eye-witnesses of the crash will be taken in Longreach, and it is expected that technical details will be given in Brisbane by Messrs. Brain and Baird, of Qantas Empire Airways, Ltd. Examination Of Wreckage No important new evidence was obtained in the examination of the wreckage of the machine yesterday. Aviation authorities in Longreach, it is stated, have not altered their opinion that there is nothing to show structural defects in the craft. It is still assumed that the mishap would not have occurred if Prendergast had been at the controls. Wireless Was Used Deductions are being made from the fact that Creates used the 'plane's wireless after leaving Longreach. The wireless key is alongside the pilot's seat, and the unintelligible signals from the 'plane, which were received in Longreach, suggest to experts that Creates had been trying to establish communication, and had left the transmitter open when the machine swung. In attempts to correct the swing the machine developed a spiral. It was also discovered yesterday that the fin stabiliser had been in use. This, it is explained, does not necessarily mean that it was brought into operation to establish control of the 'plane. It may have been used at any time. The machine, which is being guarded by police, will be dismantled under official supervision today, and will be taken to Longreach. "No Structural Failure" "There is no question of a structural failure having caused the mishap," stated Major Murray-Jones, the De Havilland Company's representative in Australia, after he had made inquiries and had inspected the wreckage yesterday. "The machine is on the ground complete, and there is nothing to show that anything came adrift in the air." A number of officials of the air accidents committee and the Civil Aviation Department arrived in Longreach by 'plane yesterday. Captain Frank Neal took Wing-Commander Harrison and Major Murray-Jones and the Civil Aviation Department's Monospar arrived from Sydney at 4.30 p.m. with Messrs. D. Ross (Superintendent of Aircraft), A. R. McComb, of the Air Accidents Investigation Committee, and Sharland, an Inspector of aircraft. The remains of the three men who brought the wrecked 'plane out from England — Prendergast, Creates, and Charlton — were buried at Longreach this morning. The remains of the Shell Company's representative, Mr. Broadfoot, were placed on the mail train yesterday, en route to Sydney, where it will arrive on Sunday. STRANGE RADIO CALL FROM 'PLANE What message was the wireless operator of the ill-fated machine trying to despatch to Mr. W. Hegarty [sic, Hagarty], of Longreach, a moment before the crash occurred? Mr. Hegarty heard strange unintelligible signals, which he is positive came from the 'plane, not only because they were on the machine's wave length and were received at the time of the crash, but because he had arranged to establish communication with Creates shortly after the plane left Longreach. The signals were not like ordinary morse, said Mr. Hegarty. They could not have been sent in morse so rapidly as to be unintelligible, as he was able to interpret morse quickly. The signals sounded as though they were coming from apparatus slightly out of adjustment, through a failing valve or too much power. Possibly the operator might have left the transmitter open when his calling had been interrupted. He heard the signals for about a minute. Arranged For Call Mr. Hegarty [sic, Hagarty], who is a wireless enthusiast, having an experimental station (4WH), often communicates with 'planes, sometimes as far as Singapore. On Wednesday night he arranged to establish contact with the machine after it left Longreach. He was in touch with D.H. 86, which is at present in Brisbane, when it was being brought out by Mr. Brain, and he communicated with it at Mitchell after it had left Longreach. The morning the illfated 'plane left Longreach, he slept in. His brother, who had seen the 'plane off and had returned home, a few minutes later awakened him, and told him that Creates had asked that he should get on the air straight away. He immediately went to his short wave set, and heard unintelligible signals, which he knew came from the 'plane. The sound indicated that something was causing uncontrolled movement in the sending key on the 'plane. After endeavouring to communicate with the 'plane for nearly an hour, Mr. Hegarty [sic, Hagarty] heard of the crash. He realised then the meaning of the strange signals. Creates apparently had called him while he was in bed as soon as the machine left Longreach, and then had been interrupted.[75]

4WH and brother Neville both provide formal evidence to Inquiry

AIR DISASTER INQUIRY. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1. "FIRING IN BURSTS." Bertram Brittain, Mernoo, stated he had not seen the plane flying. However, he saw it when spinning. Longreach friends told him it was well worth looking at. He rose early to keep a lookout. He heard the engines at 5.45 in the distance. They appeared to be firing in bursts. He went into the house for glasses. On coming back his son exclaimed, "Oh, dad, the plane is falling." He watched the machine spinning, doing four complete turns before disappearing behind the trees with the engines roaring. Shortly after there was silence. He heard no crash. To Mr. McComb, witness explained that when he first saw the machine it was spinning down clockwise. It did not appear to recover as it went out of sight. Inquiry proceeding. Dr. C. V. Watson Brown, Government Medical Officer, stated that the bodies of the victims were badly smashed. Captain Prendergast's spint was broken. Other mutilations suggested that he was standing when the crash occurred to receive such injuries. The absence of blood was due to death being instantaneous. Constable C. W. Greenhalgh stated that he had identified the bodies of Charlton and Creates, which were taken from the cockpit, by the passport photographs, and also the bodies of Prendergast and Broadfoot, which were taken from the cabin. Lying near Creates was the pilot's log book of instrument readings. WIRELESS SIGNALS. William Edward Hagarty, postal official, a member of the Royal Australian Air Force Wireless Reserve, stated that he saw Creates on the latter's arrival at Longreach, and arranged to have a conversation by wireless with him the next morning. At 5.47 on the morning of the tragedy he picked up a loud carried wave on 45 metres, the signals not like actual Morse, and it appeared to him that something was bumping the key. Four minutes later there was silence and he heard nothing further, though he waited some time. The signals lasted for three-quarters of a minute. He was quite certain that the signals came from the machine, as others received at that time in the morning usually were weak. No definite time was stated by witness or Creates as to when they would communicate. Creates did not say that they had had trouble with the wireless, except that the batteries were low. PRENDERGAST AT THE CONTROLS. Neville Douglas Hagarty, an employee of Qantas, who holds a pilot's license, stated that he flew to the scene of the tragedy. Charlton had been removed from the cockpit by then. He viewed the bodies in the cabin. Prendergast was on the port side and Broadfoot was opposite. When the machine departed from Longreach, Prendergast was at the controls. Although he was not sure of the other man, the thought he was Creates. Witness did not know how much petrol the machine carried. Repairs were made to the starboard inner engine, the clamping ring controlling the advance and retard adjustment and the contact breaker being synchronised and the clamp tightened. Charlton experienced no difficulty in starting the engines and everything appeared to be normal. Replying to Mr. McComb, witness said that the weather was fair, with some clouds and a southeasterly wind. He understood that the liner took off at 5.40 a.m., going straight on its course, to Blackall. The witness Rogers recalled, stated stated that the machine made a left-hand turn over his camp and flew on a course to Longreach for a mile and a half to two miles before it commenced to dive, then turning more to the left in the dive if anything. He did not see any lettering on the machine, nor did he notice whether it was a monoplane or a biplane. Proceeding.[76]

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4WH's brother Neville is transferred to QANTAS Darwin base

TO DARWIN. N. HAGARTY TRANSFERRED. Although Mr. Neville Hagarty has known for some months that he would be going to the northern outpost, Darwin, the news only became public property this week, and he expects to leave at the end of next week in his own machine, the Avro Avian. He will be one of three of a staff attached to Qantas Empire Airways at Darwin, the others being Mr., R. T. Jones and Mr. Chas. Tuckfield, who joined the organisation from Western Australian Airways some little time ago and who was in Darwin while the air race was on. Mr. Hagarty holds an "A" class engineer's certificate, which is one of the ground engineer's papers. Asked his impressions towards the move, Mr. Hagarty said that he was pleased, and looked forward to, the change of scene, country and people, but hoped that he would not be left there too long. He was always pleased to see new places and country. His place in Longreach will be taken by Mr. Alf. Ashley who arrived from Melbourne. Mr. Ashley is a pilot who has been attached to the Larkin service flying between Camooweal and Daly Waters.[77]


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4WH maintains contact with DH86 from Brisbane to Longreach and beyond

CONTACT WITH D.H. 86. By a prearrangement, Mr. W. E. Hagarty, who holds an amateur broadcasting license, VK4WH, made contact in the air with the D.H. 86 which arrived, on its first flight from Brisbane, on Tuesday last, proceeding to Darwin with the English air mails on Wednesday morning. Mr. Hagarty picked up the plane's broadcast from Brisbane to Toowoomba and again from Toowoomba to Roma. Between Charleville and Tambo, Flying Officer Ambrose called Hagarty and they carried out an interchange of messages. Flying Officer Ambrose, in his broadcasting, used both trailing and top aerials with equally satisfactory results.[78]

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4WH mentioned as a pioneer of broadcasting in the Longreach district

BROADCAST STN. FOR L'REACH The Editor, "Longreach Leader," Sir,— In a recent issue of the "Longreach Leader," I read an account of the amateur broadcast in Longreach. May I congratulate Mr. Neale on his great success in putting over a satisfactory test for the central west. Some time ago Mr. W. E. Hagarty, VK4WH, who is the pioneer of the west in this work, put over test programmes on Sunday mornings and they were very clear, and came in well for the power used at the time, which went to show that there were great possibilities for a broadcasting station at Longreach. Having been mixed up in wireless since 1924, as my late husband, Mr. A. G. Harriss was a keen enthusiast, also one of my daughters has her call sign VK4DH one should know a little about the question. Should a broadcasting station become a fact at Longreach it would be a wonderful thing for the district and listeners generally. The late Mr. Harriss did a lot of experimental work in regard to climatic conditions and found that it was impossible to pick up southern stations without a highly powered set for daylight reception, and then sometimes would find a certain type of set unsuitable, as some localities had a dead spot which made reception anything but good. Experiments have been so persistent during the last few years that the present day sets are not to be compared to the earlier models. At the same time to have a local station would be a great help, in drought time especially, to get good reception and make one forget local conditions such as dust, heat, flies, etc., to tune in and be carried away on the radio waves for an hour or two. An "A" class station would be far too expensive an experiment for Longreach being so far away from the metropolis, as there is not the talent to make variety in the programmes for broadcasting to warrant the expense. Should a "B" class station be erected in Longreach it would be a boon to crystal and small set users. The crystals are all right but they demand one's whole time and are only possible when near a station. Re apparatus for patients at the Hospital, this should be held over until a local station is a permanency before going to the expense of installing. I do not want to put a stopper on anyone's good intentions in this direction, but I know how awful western statics can be when listening in from southern stations. Trusting some assistance will be received from the Government in the near future to give the westerners a chance of decent wireless, for they deserve some recognition for living in the far away outposts of the State. Wishing you all the best of luck. Yours etc., M. L. HARRISS. Brisbane, 9th March, 1935.[79]

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4WH attends a meeting at which the Longreach Listeners' League is formed (brother Neville, Neale & Rose also in attendance)

Wireless Enthusiasts. LISTENERS' LEAGUE FORMED. RADIO INSPECTOR GIVES INFORMATIVE ADDRESS. A meeting of wireless enthusiasts was held in the Shire Council board room on Monday night. Mr. Wm. Gavin occupied the chair and there were also present Messrs. R. Carroll, A. White, L. Meacham, A. Denning, C. C. Barth, W. E. Kelly, W. L. Mycock, A. Kooymans, J. Duffy, J. Rodrick, T. Flanagan, G. Smith, S. Clarke, I. Sturgess, E. D. Neale, G. C. Coar, R. Rose, W. E. Hagarty, A. Fior, J. T. Pyne, S. Kensett, Ben. Eyre, J. H. Boldeman, Harold Boldeman, J. C. Pearson, G. Copson, D. Simpson, C. Crowley, Rev. James Goudie, Dr. C.V. Watson Brown and ex-Sub-Inspector Duffy, Mr. Paul Andrews (Assistant Radio Inspector, Brisbane) was also present. Mr. Gavin explained that the meeting had been called to enable radio listeners to place before the Assistant Radio Inspector, who was visiting Longreach on inspection work, any complaints regarding interference — a matter that had been before the Longreach Shire Council on several occasions. He stated that the Council had made every effort to compel persons who used faulty equipment to fit suppressors, but found that without legislation being introduced for that purpose, they had no power to do so. After introducing Mr. Andrews, those present were treated to an interesting address concerning wireless matters. Mr. Andrews said that the chief difference between country and city reception was that, while in the city the listener got excellent reception from local stations, the same listener could often not receive distant stations as well as they did in the country. ELECTRICAL NOISES. Daylight reception of distant low powered stations was very difficult as most of them were too weak to be heard where any local noises were present. It was possible in a country town, by proper attention to cleanliness and maintenance of electrical apparatus & by fitting suppressors to all interfering motors, to receive daylight signals from any station of sufficient power and within a distance of several hundred miles. Unless the electrical noises could be kept down they would eventually drown all but the most powerful stations. Mr. Andrews said the Postmaster General's Department was trying, as funds became available from license revenue, to provide sufficiently powerful stations to provide a reasonable service. The difficulties in Australia, however, he said, were much greater than in Europe with its small areas and large populations, or in America with its large population. The problem was made more difficult, Mr. Andrews stated, by the fact that at a certain limited area around any station the signal became distorted at night. The Department was now erecting at Townsville, Grafton and Dubbo, three new stations of similar power to 2CO Corowa and 5CK Crystal Brook, which, being much nearer than these stations, would be more advantageous to Western Queensland. The Townsville station would be about 300 miles away and would provide probably double the strength obtained from 5CK. Eventually it was hoped to increase Townsville to 4 times the initial power and Dubbo 6 times. He pointed out that this would not increase the strength of the signal 4 or 6 times. Continuing, he stated, that against this increase in the power of the stations, there was the possibility of improving the position of lowering the noise level. The Postal Department was anxious to assist in this matter but had no power to enforce any regulations as electric power supply was purely a State function. In Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia, the State Governments assisted local councils to make the necessary regulations; in Queensland, however, there were difficulties which had not yet been surmounted. It was possible Mr Andrews said, that something might be done soon. It had been found that in Queensland compulsion was very rarely necessary. No one wished to create a nuisance when the means of avoiding it was so inexpensive and simple. Suppressors now on the market enabled almost all the interference in Longreach to be cleared up at a cost of a few shillings per motor and he had been advised that the shire council was prepared to instal the necessary suppressors free of cost. Most motor owners were also wireless listeners and it had been found that, if properly approached, none of them would refuse to do his share of the necessary suppression. Mr. Crowley stated, for the benefit of those present who were not au fait with previous business, that about two years ago the question of interference with wireless reception had been taken up by the shire council and Mr. D. Riordan M.H.R., with the Postmaster General's Department. The replies received indicated that the Department neither had the power nor proposed to acquire the power to deal with the question. In order to prevent the position becoming worse Mr. Crowley stated, he asked the shire council to refuse to connect new appliances to the mains unless properly fitted with suppressors. The council, under the 'Electric Light and Power Act 1896' had no power to act and remitted the question to the State Public Works Department. This Department also advised it had no legal power to act. From the information they received, Mr. Crowley continued, it was apparent that no compulsory methods were available to deal with the question; even if there had been some it was doubtful if the council could have enforced them. Further any legislature then would not have been retrospective and consequently all those motors and fans now in use would not have been affected. In view of the fact, that about £75 would cover the cost of the whole work Mr Crowley stated, the quickest and most effective way of handling the matter was to raise the money themselves. The shire council had indicated that it would fit suppressors free of cost and probably use its buying power to obtain the suppressors cheaply for the committee which had been proposed. Mr. G. C. Coar stated the Longreach Motor Co. had some time ago decided to fit suppressors to all its motors, but, as no other persons appeared to be going to do so, and one firm, doing so would have no material effect, they abandoned the idea. He was certain the company would do so now that a concerted action appeared likely. BROADCAST LISTENERS' LEAGUE. A motion was then carried that those present constitute a Broadcast Listeners' League to consider the question of fitting suppressors and also to deal with the problem caused by interference. Officials were appointed as follows:— President, Mr. Wm. Gavin; treasurer, Mr. J. C. Pearson; committee, Dr. C. V. Watson Brown, Messrs. I. Sturgess, E. D. Neale, J. Rodrick, H. J. Solley, N. D. Hagarty, A. Denning, S. Kensett, Harold Boldeman, R. Rose and C. Crowley; Joint hon. secretaries, Messrs. S. Kensett and C. Crowley. The subscription fee to the league was fixed at 2/6, and the following were received at the meeting — Messrs W. E. Kelly, L. Meacham, R. Carroll, R. Rose, N. D. Hagarty, A. White, C. Crowley, J. H. Boldeman, Harold Boldeman. Donations were received as follows:— Messrs. J. H. Boldeman, £1/1/-; G. C. Coar, £1/1/-; L. Meacham, £1/1/- in goods; R. Carroll, 10/-. A vote of thanks was accorded the chairman and town members of the Longreach Shire Council for the active interest they had shown in the movement.[80]

4WH attends a further meeting of the Longreach Listeners' League

Motor Owners. APPEAL TO FIT SUPPRESSORS. LISTENERS' LEAGUE. PROPAGANDA AND PUBLICITY. The chief object of the meeting of the Longreach Broadcast Listeners' League last night was to give consideration to the fitting of suppressors to the motors used in Longreach, which are causing interference with reception by wireless users, and a motion was carried that all users of motors in Longreach be written appealing to them to fit suppressors, and pointing out that the cost would in most cases be not less than 4/6, and not greater than 7/6. Suppressors would be fitted free by the Council's electricity department. Recipients of the letter are to be asked to remit the cost of the suppressor, or make a donation to the funds of the League. Mr. C. Crowley stated that the old type of suppressor cost as much as 25/-, but the new type could be purchased at 4/6. He had a supply on hand which could be fitted without delay. Mr. Wm. Gavin was in the chair, and there were also present Messrs. C. Crowley, S. Kensett, J. C. Pearson, E. Neale, A. G. Sturgess, W. E. Hagarty, H. Boldeman, R. Rose, A. Denning and Dr. C. V. Watson Brown. Mr. Gavin instanced the trouble which was experienced by an Emerald hotel, until they had a suppressor made at the Longreach Power House, which rectified the trouble completely, caused by an electric light plant when switched on. FURTHER OBJECTS OF LEAGUE. The chairman asked if the League had further objects, and stated that the League may be of assistance to the Shire Council in geeting (sic) an A class station established in Longreach. Mr. Kensett remarked that there was not sufficient revenue coming from license holders to pay for the Townsville station in course of erection, and that the establishment of a Longreach station was possibly out of the question. WRONG BASIS ADOPTED. This opened up a long discussion, the chief point of which was that everything was done on a purely population basis, and according to whether the scheme would pay for itself, whereas it was considered that the ideal of service should be the goal to aim at, and Dr. Brown put it very forcibly that the people forced to live in the west should receive, and were fully entitled, to the same amenities and service as those residing on the coast, but such service was never extended to the residents of the interior. He was supported by the chairman, who said that progress should not be stopped because of lack of money. Dr. Brown related a conversation he had had with Major Conder recently when in the south, wherein the latter expressed his amazement at the conditions under which people lived in the western areas, and stated that it had come to his realisation now that the interior residents were fully entitled to the same consideration from all departments as those in the more favoured areas on the coast. Because there might be smaller numbers, was no reason, continued Dr. Brown, why the same facilities as were enjoyed in the cities should not be also offered to the western dwellers. "Every man or woman in the country is worth 10 of those in the cities" emphatically stated the doctor. ARRILALAH TELEPHONE. He instanced the disgraceful position which existed in connection with the down-the-river telephone, and the action of the Arrilalah Telephone Company; also the attitude adopted towards the Blackall-Charleville railway line. The fact that this may not "pay axle grease" in good reasons should not be allowed to weigh against the enormous amount of good such a line would have done, and still could do under present conditions in saving hundreds of thousands of sheep. Dr. Brown maintained that Longreach needed a greater measure of publicity to reach the ear of the city dweller and the politician and departmental heads, and it was by such bodies as this League that further propaganda and publicity might be disseminated.[81]

4WH's brother Neville finally makes the earlier announced transfer to Darwin

TRANSFERRED TO DARWIN. Mr. Neville Hagarty left for Darwin in his own Avro Avian plane early on Sunday morning. Mr. Hagarty intended making the trip a leisurely one, taking three days to cover the distance. He was an "up" passenger on the air mail last week from Brisbane where, for some months past, he has been in the Qantas-Empire Airways workshop, fitting the new air brakes to the airliners which came out from England without these fitments. Mr. Hagarty reached Darwin at midday on Tuesday.[82]

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Brief announcement of another broadcast next Sunday by 4WH and 4RQ, apparently after an absence of a few months

AMATEUR BROADCASTERS. VK4WH AND VK4RQ. Messrs. W. E. Hagarty and R. Rose, who conduct the experimental broadcast stations VK4WH and VK4RQ, will be on the air again on Sunday next, 21st inst. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. These stations, which had a very successful run a few months ago, receiving acknowledgements from as far north as Cloncurry, operate on a wave length of 231 metres (1300 kHz - SSD). Reports may be sent by letter or phone 365.[83]

4WH attends a further meeting of the Longreach Listeners' League

WIRELESS LISTENERS. 48 SUPPRESSORS READY. At a meeting of the Longreach Wireless Listeners' League last week a letter was received from Mr. O. E. Dahl, Ayr, N.Q., stating that he had gone into the matter of the establishment of a B class station for western Queensland, but had not yet decided where it would be established, but apparently, from his letter, he favoured Longreach, and asked for information regarding wireless generally in Longreach. He was advised that it was understood Mr. R. M. Nicholson has a definite promise of a license for Longreach. Mr. A. G. Sturgess was in the chair, and there were also present Messrs. C. Crowley, J. C. Pearson, H. Boldeman, J. Rodrick, R. Rose, W. E. Hagarty, S. Kensett. An apology was received from Mr. W. G. Clarke. The Radio Inspector, Brisbane advised that a list of licensed listeners in Longreach was not available. The secretary reported that £7 worth (4 dozen) of suppressors had been received and would be fitted as early as possible. Mr. Crowley advised that he and his staff would possibly be able to fit 6 per week, and that Mr. Kensett with assistance might be able to fit another 6 per week.[84]

4WH and 4RQ granted free battery charging by Longreach Shire Council

Longreach Shire Council. Monthly Meeting. The adjourned monthly meeting of the Longreach Shire Council was held on Monday. There were present — Crs. W. Gavin (chair), F. E. Ussher, A. A. Moffat, W. Crombie, W. C. Coade, A. W. McNally, J. A. McDonald, T. Donlon, F. J. Savage, and the Clerk (Mr. J. C. Pearson). An apology was received from Cr. T. S. L. Armstrong. . . . ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMMITTEE.— A meeting of the Electric Supply Committee was held on the 2nd instant, when the following business was attended to:— Mr. R. Nicholson, on behalf of the Central-Western Broadcasting Co. Pty., Ltd., stated that he was now making arrangements for the erection of a broadcasting station at Longreach. He inquired as to terms for the supply of power, &c.— Mr. Nicholson is to be informed that it was the Council's intention to use DC in connection with the pumping of the river water scheme and that it be suggested to Mr. Nicholson that by providing his own converter he could couple up to the Council's electric supply, and that it is anticipated that the Council would be able to give power supply within three months from date. It was decided to grant battery charging to amateur wireless stations controlled by Mr. Hagarty and Mr. Neale.[85]

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4WH and 4RQ again to conjointly broadcast to Longreach and environs

LOCAL BROADCASTS. STATIONS VK4WH AND VK4RQ. The two stations VK4WH and VK4RQ have been broadcasting conjointly over the last two Sundays, and have received most enthusiastic reports from outside centres. Reports stated that reception was good, particularly of the voice; they were on 231 metres (1300 kcs.) Hughenden, Cloncurry, Richmond, Aramac, Kynuna, Blackall, Barcaldine, Ilfracombe, were some of the centres from which reports came. These stations will be on the air again at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Mr. R. Rose, proprietor of VK4RQ, is at present in Brisbane, and will be returning shortly, bringing with him about 50 of the latest records. The proprietors are very appreciative of donations of records from several enthusiasts, in the country.[86]

4WH's brother and station 4WH play a role in location of a missing child in Longreach

GATHERED AT RANDOM. . . . Bruce, the four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric MacDonald, decided on a big adventure on Sunday afternoon. He had gone to Comino's in Eagle Street, as his parents thought, and when he did not return anxiety was occasioned. The aid of Mr. N. D. Hagarty's amateur broadcast station VK4WH was enlisted and a minute description of the lad sent over the air. Mr. Tom Avery's young son was listening in & started a search for young Bruce and found him quite happy, with 7 other young lads, out near Cannon's garden about 2 miles from town. Mr. Hagarty later announced the safe arrival home of the youthful wanderer.[87]

As previous

Station VK4WH, one of the amateur broadcast stations in Longreach, owned and operated by Mr N. D. Hegarty [sic, Hagarty] announced the description of a lost child, and later in the afternoon he was located. The missing boy was Bruce, the four-year-old son of Mr and Mrs Eric Macdonald, who had gone up the street and failed to return. His continued absence caused his parents alarm, and a minute description was broadcast. Mr. W. Avery, who was listening in, commenced a search for the boy, and found him with seven other young boys, about two miles out of town near Cannon's gardens. Apparently he had joined the others on his way up the street, and then commenced his long hike.[88]

4WH issued further licence VKW for use in communicating with QANTAS planes flying between Brisbane and Darwin

RADIO LAND STATION. NOW AT LONGREACH. VK4WH, the experimental station owned and operated by Mr. W. E. Hagarty, Crane Street, Longreach, has just been issued with a special land licence and new call sign, "VKW" for use on the wave length of 43.45 metres (6600 kcs.) for contacting with Qantas Empire 'planes when on the route between Brisbane and Darwin. For months past VK4WH has been making satisfactory contact with these planes while in the air, often communicating with them, using the licensed amateur wavelengths. On Thursday last week the inward mail 'plane left Cloncurry at 5 p.m., and was in touch with VKW, Longreach, just after leaving that 'drome, and satisfactory communication was maintained at certain intervals until arrival at Longreach. It will be of great assistance to pilots and wireless officers to have this station here, as quite often the 'planes are unable to contact with Brisbane when coming from or flying into the north.[89]

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4WH included in photograph of Longreach Post Office staff

LONGREACH POST OFFICE STAFF. (Start Photo Caption) BACK ROW — G. Jones, W. Spellman, F. J. P. Schelkowski, K. Gordon, I. J. J. Henderson. SECOND ROW — E. D. Neale, P. J. Butler, W. R. Gibbs, F. G. Stirling, W. E. Hagarty. FRONT ROW — S. E. Walsh, Miss D. McVey, A. G. Sturgess (Acting Postmaster), Miss C. Cloherty, R. H. Hill.(End Photo Caption)[90]


4WH's Electoral Roll registration 1936 Longreach

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: William Edward Hagarty
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1936
  • Subdistrict: Longreach
  • State: Queensland
  • District: Kennedy
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 991, Hagarty, Dorothy May, Crane st, Longreach, home duties, Female
  • Entry: 992, Hagarty, Norman Menningham, Wampoo st, Labourer, Male
  • Entry: 993, Hagarty, Sarah Alice, Wampoo st, home duties, Female
  • Entry: 994, Hagarty, William Edward, Crane st, Longreach, postal assistant, Male[91]
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4WH plays a role in another missing plane situation, but plane promptly located

Overdue 'Plane. DELAYED AT WANDOOLA STN. NO COMMENT REPORT TO HEADQUARTERS. Concern for the safety of First Officer E. C. Sims was felt in air circles on Wednesday when it was learned that he was overdue at Cloncurry. At the time of his disappearance he was flying the A.I.M. machine between Normanton and Cloncurry to connect with the inward and outward overseas air mails at Cloncurry. Pilot A. L. Ashley (Qantas, Longreach) was ordered to proceed to Cloncurry to search for the missing airman. Mr. E. Hagarty (Longreach) was requested by the A.I.M. wireless station to tune in on a wave length of 42 metres in the hope of picking up the machine's signals. Five minutes after Pilot Ashley left for the north, information was received that the missing machine had been found at Wandoola Station, the first stop after leaving Normanton. Pilot Ashley was intercepted at Winton and he returned to Longreach at 5.15 p.m. Interviewed on his return Pilot Ashley stated that he understood the machine had been damaged when taking off, presumably due to the wet state of the ground following the heavy rain. The undercarriage was slightly damaged but no one was injured. First Officer Sims was a through passenger on the R.M.A. Sydney on the downward run on Thursday night, having finished his period of relief for Pilot Eric Donaldson, who returned from his holidays to Cloncurry on Wednesday night's train. First Officer Sims when asked for information regarding the reported happening to the A.I.M. machine, stated that he was unable to make any comment as he had to submit his report to headquarters first. It was ascertained, however, that no one was injured.[92]

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Poor weather in vicinity of Longreach makes calls upon 4WH's aeronautical communications

Marooned. UP MALL RETURNS TWICE. BOTH AT LONGREACH. IN MAIL LANDS IN RAIN. Running' two hours late owing to delay to the New South Wales service from Cootamundra, the R.M.A. Brisbane, in charge of Captain R. B. Tapp and First Officer F. W. Stevens, landed at Longreach at 5.35 p.m. on Wednesday, with 880 lbs. of malls and 136 lbs. of freights. Only a short stay was made at Longreach, sufficient to refuel the machine, and a start was made for the north. However, when Captain Tapp landed at Winton, he found the weather anything but propitious for a continuance, and advices from further north were unfavourable, so that rather than risk a night landing on the Cloncurry 'drome, in the rain, and, in the event of a stay being made at Winton, where the machine would have to be tied down in the open, as there is no hangar there, he returned to Longreach for the night, landing again at 7.10 p.m. There was a fairly heavy loading of passengers aboard the Brisbane, including Messrs. Coward Bros., owners of Warbreccan, who got on board at Charleville, and disembarked at Longreach, whence they intend to proceed by air taxi in charge of Mr. A. Ashley to Warbreccan on a tour of inspection. They did intend going on immediately after the Brisbane landed at Longreach, but due to the late arrival, and to the look of the weather, they postponed their departure. Mrs. A. Archer and two children (Boorameel) were also passengers on the Brisbane from Brisbane, returning after some time in the south. They were met at Longreach by Mr. Archer. Mr. F. T. D. Meares representing Noyse Bros. Ltd. travelled from Brisbane to Mt. Isa, and Mr. G. J. Towers from Brisbane to Darwin. Mr. Towers is the Civil Aviation Department's Inspector of Aerodromes, and is on a departmental tour. ANOTHER RETURN. The R.M.A. Brisbane took off for Darwin at dawn on Thursday in an endeavour to make up the time lost when the machine was compelled to return from Cloncurry, after proceeding to Winton on Wednesday. Captain R. B. Tapp told the "Leader" on his return that he encountered low cloud and bad visibility near the Darr Siding. He was flying at an altitude of 400 feet at that time, and as conditions appeared to be worse ahead, he decided to return. The R. M. A. Adelaide arrived in Longreach from Darwin at 2.35 p.m. yesterday when rain was falling heavily. The rain was encountered about 30 miles out and the pilot was compelled to fly low along the Longreach-Winton railway line to keep his bearings. First Officer F. W. Stevens, who is weather bound at Longreach on the outgoing R.M.A. Brisbane, and Mr. W. E. Hagarty, who owns a wireless transmitting & receiving set, kept in touch with the machine and at intervals received reports of the plane's progress. Captain H. B. Hussey and First Officer E. C. Sims were in charge. Captain Hussey told the "Leader" on his arrival that he left Cloncurry in good weather but he encountered low cloud and light rain after proceeding about 30 miles which continued until reaching Kynuna. From Kynuna for 50 miles the weather was good although a south westerly wind blew. After leaving Winton the weather was clear for 70 miles after which they flew into a strong north easterly wind and heavy rain. Heavy rain was falling when the machine approached the aerodrome and Captain Hussey flew eastward for about 10 minutes until the rain became lighter and he then made a good landing. The machine, which spent the night at Longreach, carried 790 lbs. of mails and the usual amount of freight. Captain Hussey stated that he did not intend taking off for Brisbane this morning unless he received favourable weather reports. The passengers were Mrs. Gilmore (Cloncurry to Brisbane) and the Hon. Justice Mackney and Mrs. Mackney, who are proceeding from Rangoon to Brisbane. A time table has been drawn up by the postal department for the outward mail to adhere to today if weather conditions permit, involving Capt. Tapp leaving here early this morning. Reports will be received from Winton and Cloncurry before departure and it will depend on these — providing conditions permit locally — if he gets away. Similar reports will come from Blackall and Charleville, for the south bound mail.[93]

4WH, as Longreach Post Office meteorologist reports statistics on the drought-breaking rain to the "Longreach Leader"

Old Times Return. DROUGHT DEFINITELY BROKEN. HEAVY FLOODS EXPECTED. AIR MAILS DELAYED. There is no doubt about the drought being definitely broken in the Longreach district now. This expression has sprung to the lips on many occasions in the. past few months, and many were saying it after the June rains last year. However all falls since that welcome break have added greater truth to the joyful expression "The drought is broken." And with complete veracity may it be stated now, and, moreover, made to apply to all districts, for the reports coming in show that on all sides splendid soaking beneficial rains have, and are still falling — even the areas along the northern line which have so tragically missed good relief time and again. General steady rain started on Wednesday night, and at intervals during Thursday morning heavy showers occurred. On Thursday night rain fell almost continuously, increasing in intensity to precipitate several very heavy falls on Friday morning and again yesterday afternoon. The start which the young Mitchell grass got as a result of last week's rains will be converted into a spurt now, and the assistance rendered to the lambings just over or nearly finished, will be magnificent. So far the "Leader" has not been advised of any sheep losses, but there will doubtless be a few here and there. BIG FLOODS EXPECTED. There are sure to be heavy flooding in all creeks and rivers, and a message from Isisford yesterday stated that the Barcoo was expected to reach the height of 23 feet recorded last week, and possibly exceed it. Mails will all be disorganised. The Blackall-Isisford mail man man has been held in Isisford from March 1st., till Thursday, when he essayed to reach Blackall again, but got as far as Isis Downs, and is held there. AIR MAILS HELD UP. Even the inward and outward air mails are held up at Longreach. Captain R. B. Tapp, flying the outward mail reached here on Wednesday afternoon, and started for Cloncurry soon after, only to return from Winton, because of the unfavourable outlook and reports. The inward ward mail, in charge of Captain H. B. Hussey left Cloncurry yesterday morning in good weather, and did not run into heavy rain till nearing Longreach, and landed at the local 'drome in a very heavy shower. Both pilots have stated they will remain here till there is a definite break in the weather. Captain Tapp did make an attempt to proceed early yesterday morning, but after going about 40 miles ran into heavy looking cloud, making visibility so bad that once more he returned to Longreach. THE STOCK MARKET. Agents report that there are any amount of enquiries for sheep, mostly for young ewes and wethers, but the rains have resulted in the lines which were being offered being withdrawn. Several offers for closures have been made, stated Dalgety & Co. Ltd., but these have been declined. SOME HEAVY FALLS. Since the rain started this week, Rio has measured 718 points, and at 4 p.m. yesterday a sea of water was to.be seen from the homestead, and rain was still falling heavily. Another heavy registration was at Oakley where the guages showed 650 points. A pleasing registration was the 300 reported from Arrowfield, where to date Mr. A. Taylor has been unfortunate in missing beneficial falls. LOCAL OBSERVATIONS. Mr. W. E. Hagarty 'phoned the "Leader" last night at 9.30 p.m. and advised the official registrations up to that hour at the Longreach Post Office — For the 24 hours ended 9 a.m. on Thursday, 16 points; 9 a.m. on Friday, 154 points; to 3 p.m. on Friday, 277 points; to 6 p.m. on Friday, 48 points; to 9.30 p.m. last night, 115 points, making a grand total then of 610 points. The barometer readings for Thursday and yesterday were — At 9 a.m. on Thursday, 29.452; 9 a.m. yesterday, 29.360; 3 p.m. yesterday. 29.284; 9 p.m. last night, 29.314. From his observations, Mr. Hagarty stated that he thought the barometer would drop again today, and the reported depression centred yesterday between Richmond and Cloncurry, would very likely be centred near Longreach today.[94]

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Opening of 4LG changes the Longreach broadcast landscape forever, 4WH and 4EN acknowledged for their important pioneering role in promoting broadcasting in the district

OPENING OF 4LG LONGREACH. MOST MODERN BROADCAST STATION IN THE STATE. 100 PER CENT. RECEPTION. CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES FROM WIDE AREA. One of the most important events of Show Week to Longreach and one which may have the biggest influence on the future, was the official opening on Tuesday afternoon of the new broadcast station, 4LG, Longreach, the station being declared officially open by Mr. Geo. Pollock, M.L.A. The station is the most modern in the State; it operates on a 273 metres wave length, and the reception, received in the trial tests and since the opening, have brought myriads of congratulations to the proprietors from all parts of the State. The first important announcement was the broadcast of the first Golden Casket, No. 445, to be drawn in Longreach, which took place on Wednesday morning, which service was greatly appreciated by the large body of listeners who were unable to be present in person. The splendid initiation into the pleasures of a local wireless station by Messrs. Hagarty and Neale, amateur broadcast enthusiasts, to residents of the west, made many more people wireless minded than may otherwise have been the case, and this was good for Mr. Russell Nicholson, promoter of Central Western Broadcasting Pty. Co. Ltd., proprietors, of 4LG Longreach, which came on the air officially at 6 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon this week. There had been trials during the preceding few days, and that the station is going to be one of the highlights of the "B" class world, is borne out by the sheaf of congratulatory telegrams that Mr. Nicholson has received, as well as myriads of telephone calls from all over the west. The telegrams cover a wide range — from Thursday Island in the north; Yeppoon on the coast; Lake Nash in the Northern Territory and Goodooga in New South Wales. A message has also been received from Mt. Eden, in New Zealand, stating that the station gave excellent reception there in one of its trial tests. OFFICIAL OPENING. The official opening took place on Tuesday afternoon at 6 o'clock, the speakers on the air being Messrs. Geo. Pollock, M.L.A., William Gavin, F. J. McKeon and F. Jackson. Mr. Gavin said the occasion gave him the greatest pleasure of any duty he has had since he entered public life. He spoke glowingly of the enterprise of Mr. R. M. Nicholson, whose enthusiasm and organisation had made the station possible, and he also thanked his partner, who he designated as that mysterious person, Mr. "X." "At no time has Longreach and district been given a greater opportunity for advertisement," stated Mr. Gavin, "than has been bestowed on us by this young gentleman, Mr. Russell Nicholson." Mr. Gavin said their children now would be able to enjoy the benefits of wireless on a level with their city cousins. He referred to the arrangements made for broadcasting the Longreach races this week, and looked forward to news over the air of their big sporting attractions in the west. "What a day, listeners," he said, "it will be if we are not able to attend in person to hear the final of the Val Irvine Gold Cup from 4LG when it comes off." He referred to the message of congratulation received from Cooktown from Mr. H. G. Bendixen, once a residont of Longreach, and hoped that Mr. Bendixen was listening in to the official opening. Mr. Gavin said that the completion of 4LG should demonstrate to the Commonwealth authorities that Longreach is geographically situated for a broadcast station, and that arrangements should be made to have a land line to bring the west into closer touch with the cities and news. Mr. Gavin said he wished for nothing better than, if Mr. Nicholson and his partner wished to sell, that the Commonwealth take over the fine plant and establish a national station. "FOR RICH AND POOR" Mr. Geo. Pollock, in his broadcast, said that wireless long ago had definitely arrived in most parts of Queensland, both for rich and poor but it is even a greater necessity in the country than in the cities. He referred to the unsatisfactory receptions, particularly in the daytime, from coastal and southern stations. The management of 4LG are out to remedy that, said Mr. Pollock, for the station is of unusual power, being a 300 watts plant, one of the most powerful country stations in the Commonwealth. Its broadcast will reach every home in the west. Mr. Pollock expressed the opinion that, as every owner of a wireless set pays an annual licensing fee, there should be an efficient service in return, but owing to poor reception that had been denied, except for short periods, to wireless owners in the western parts of the State. He urged that the Australian Broadcasting Commission, through its National stations, should establish land lines to enable its programme to be relayed to the people in the west through 4LG. It is hardly fair, said Mr. Pollock, that 4LG should bear this cost, it should be part of the return that the owners of wireless sets receive for the annual fee that they pay. 4LG must pay for the cost of equipping the station and running it solely out of money received for advertisements over the air. ONUS ON A.B.C. Mr. Pollock said he had no fault to find with the policy of the Australian Broadcasting Commission in regard to licenses and programmes, but the onus is upon it to see that its customers receive full value for the fees they pay. The Commission should ensure that National Stations provide a programme which can be properly heard by all or, in the alternative, provide facilities for stations such as 4LG to relay as much as possible of their programmes. CONGRATULATIONS. The congratulations received, both by wire and telephone were numerous, but the most interesting were those, showing the wide range of excellent reception reached in the trials. "Morey," Avon Downs in the Northern Territory, wired — "Reception splendid, Sunday and Monday. You fill a long felt want for the Territory. Congratulations and good luck." "Morgate," Thursday Island, wired — "Reception received here very good. Best of luck." "Taylor," Goodooga, N.S.W., wired — "Afternoon reception perfect." Mrs. Dora Brisbin, Lenoak, Yeppoon, wired — "Congratulations on wonderful reception from 4LG station." He hoped that the people in the west will not continue to listen in vain for news of the required action by the Commonwealth authorities. Mr. Pollock referred to the wonderful congratulations received following the trials tests — all parts of the west had sent congratulations, and from many other parts north, south, east and west. One man, he said, travelling between Capella and Emerald picked up 4LG by car radio. Hughenden advised that reception from 4LG was so perfect, it came in completely over the disturbance caused hy the local power station. Mr. Pollock said that in New South Wales with similar power, stations obtained very limited range, but with 4LG the range, astounded the engineer who erected the plant. Mr. Pollock announced the tentative hours which may later be subject to revision. 4LG, he said, will for the present be over the air from 7.30 to 8.30 a.m.; 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. daily. Mr. Pollock concluded his broadcast by complimenting Mr. Nicholson and all responsible for their splendid achievement and wished the enterprise success. Messrs. F. J. McKeon and F. Jackson were also introduced to the "Mike" and added their best wishes and congratulations to 4LG and those associated with the new company. Mr. Nicholson then thanked the speakers and the station came on the air, with Mr. W. McPhee, of Brisbane, as announcer. MOST MODERN EQUIPMENT. The new station is erected to the north east of the Longreach aerodrome; its 180 feet high aerials standing out as excellent landmarks. "STC," Standard Telephones and Cables, supplied the plant which was erected by Engineer W. G. Mallinson, of their staff. Mr. Mallinson, for the past few weeks, has been in Longreach on this work, which has now been so satisfactorily completed. Mrs. Mallinson was with him and they left on their return south by the air mail on Thursday morning. Power is generated by a Lister Deisel engine and a 15 h.p. generator. Suitable buildings have been erected and it is the intention of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson to reside in a neat cottage erected on the site, in which the transmitting equipment and studio are housed. The plant is of 300 watts capacity operating on 1100 kilocycles, with wave length of 273 metres. Mr. W. McPhee, who has recently arrived from Brisbane, has joined the staff of the proprietor, Central Western Broadcasting Pty. Co. Ltd., as announcer. One of the first important announcements was the drawing of Golden Casket No. 445 in Longreach on Wednesday morning, when the station's broadcast land line, connected to the Longreach telephone exchange, was used. The equipment is the most modern in the State and may be conveniently and efficiently operated by one man. A big area of ploughed land between the aerials, excited the attention of visitors, who were informed that under this, in a herringbone pattern, lies about 6 miles of earth wires.[95]

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Profile of 4WH's fellow Longreach amateur operator mentions the joint 4WH-4RQ broadcasts over last few years

VK4RQ. LONGREACH AMATEUR STATION. Although interested in radio prior to 1925, it was not till that year that Mr. R. Rose became interested in it from an experimental point. Two years later short wave experiments were incorporated in his work, and many a night was spent listening in to PCJJ in Holland. Due to associations with many amateurs in Brisbane, the scientific side of radio was studied, and in 1929 Mr. Rose was successful in passing an examin-ation enabling him to operate an amateur transmitting station under the call sign of VK4RR. In 1930 a change of address caused the moving of the station from Brisbane to Longreach. During 1932-33-34 wireless experiments and study were left alone, as studies for his chemist's papers occupied his time, and in the latter year Mr. Rose passed his final. Upon renewing his experimental licence, the call sign VK4RQ was allotted. During Mr. Rose's travels, as locum to various chemists a 5 valve portable receiver was used at Julia Creek, Roma, Coolangatta, Cooroy and Brisbane, and a unique experience was listening to 2CO and 5CK while travelling on the train between Richmond and Hughenden. Last year, in conjunction with Mr. W. E. Hagarty of VK4WH a series of experimental broadcasts were carried out under the call sign VK4WH-VK4RQ. As a radio technician Mr. Rose is prepared to attend to wireless sets, and to give advice. (Start Photo Caption) [PHOTO] A STUDIO VIEW OF VK4RQ (End Photo Caption)[96]


4WH's Electoral Roll registration 1937 Longreach

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: William Edward Hagarty
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1937
  • Subdistrict: Longreach
  • State: Queensland
  • District: Kennedy
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 950, Hagarty, Dorothy May, Crane st, Longreach, home duties, Female
  • Entry: 951, Hagarty, Norman Menningham, Wampoo st, Labourer, Male
  • Entry: 952, Hagarty, Sarah Alice, Wampoo st, home duties, Female
  • Entry: 953, Hagarty, William Edward, Crane st, Longreach, postal assistant, Male[97]
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4WH's sister Elma marries

Weddings. . . . SWAN — HAGARTY. St. Brigid's Church, Longreach, was the scene at 7 p.m. on Thursday for the wedding of Elma Campbell, only daughter of Mrs. S. A. Hagarty, Wompoo Street, Longreach, and Arthur Hugh, second youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Swan, Longreach. Very Rev. Dean W. J. McElhinney officiated, and Mr. L. Carter presided at the organ. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. W. E. Hagarty, and was gowned in a white georgette pintucked frock, tight-fitting to the knees, from where it fell in flared silk lace godets. The sleeves were elbow length and fitted into a shirred corsage featuring a cowl neck, which was held in place by sprays of orange blossom; the whole was finished with a satin sash. The bride's veil and bouquet were lent by Mrs. H. Byron. Miss Elsie Swan, sister of the bridegroom, was bridesmaid, and chose evening blue silk lace for her frock, which was floor length, with the skirt inlet with godets of organdi, finished with ruchings, and cut low at the back, and finished with a shoulder cape, caught in front with a satin flower. Her bouquet was of pink and white roses, and a small halo hat matched her frock. The bridegroom's brother, Mr. Charles Swan, was best man. The wedding reception was held at Mrs. R. Weston's residence, where Mrs. W. J. Swan, mother of the bridegroom received the guests in a tinsel striped navy kabe frock, with hat to match. The two-tiered wedding cake was made and iced by Mrs. C. Norris. Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Swan will take up their residence in Longreach.[98]

4WH reported as hearing English station on 28 MHz at midnight, sunspots high

WITH THE AMATEURS. . . . VK4WH, of Queensland, heard G6DH, of England, at midnight (local time) on the 28 mc. band. . .[99]

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4WH's brother absent from his role as Darwin Superintendent Qantas

Mr. Neville Hagarty, Darwin Superintendent of Qantas Empire Airways Ltd., is leaving shortly by plane for Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. During Mr. Hagarty's absence Mr. King will be in charge of the Qantas aerodrome.[100]

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4WH's brother Neville on flying holiday of southern states

HOLIDAY FLIGHT. Mr. N. D. Hagarty, one-time of Qantas, Longreach, now station manager of the company at Darwin, is at present spending a holiday in a flying tour of the southern States. The first stage of the flight was completed last week, when he flew from Darwin through Central Australia to Adelaide. Mr. Hagarty, who is in charge of his own Cirrus Moth 'plane, was accompanied to Adelaide by Mr. R. M. Edwards a Darwin pearler. Mr. Hagarty expects to remain in Brisbane about 3 months before returning to Darwin.[101]

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4WH on leave, expects to visit Brisbane

PERSONAL. . . . Mr. W. E. Hagarty, of the Longreach Post Office staff, is at present on leave. He expects to visit Brisbane before resuming duty.[102]

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4WH visits Brisbane with intention of sitting for commercial and broadcast certificates

Women's World. Personal. . . . Mr. W. E. Hagarty, of the Longreach Post Office staff, was another passenger to Brisbane by Thursday's mail train. While in Brisbane Mr. Hagarty intends to sit for examinations for commercial wireless and wireless broadcast operating licences. He will return again in about a fortnight.[103]

4WH returns to Longreach after holidaying in Brisbane

Personal. . . . Mr. W. E. Hagarty, of the Longreach Post Office staff who has been holidaying in Brisbane, returned by Wednesday's mail train.[104]

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4WH-4RQ still filling the absence of 4LG programming on Sunday mornings

Personal. . . . ON THE AIR. Experimental stations VK4WH and VK4RQ will be on the air next Sunday from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. broadcasting a test programme.[105]


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4FK and Jack Ross visit Longreach with a view to establishment of an Aeradio station, 4WH expected to be in charge

Personal. . . . Messrs. V. Kenna and -. Ross, of the engineering transmission section of the Postmaster-General's Department, Brisbane, arrived in Longreach by the outward air mail yesterday afternoon. They are in Longreach in connection with the establishment of a radio station at the aerodrome for the east and west bound air mail services. Mr. W. E. Hagarty, of the Longreach Post Office staff, is expected to be in charge of the new station.[106]

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4WH transferred to Cloncurry after spending his entire life in Longreach

WEEK'S AIR MAIL. . . . The outward mail on board the R.M.A. Sydney was again late yes-terday arriving in Longreach at 4.55 p.m. due to having to wait for the Butler connection at Charleville. Captain E. C. Sims was in charge and had with him First Officer O. E. Y. Thomas. They carried 620lbs. of mail and 200lbs. of freight and the following passengers, Miss Hewer, Mr. F. McMaster (Brisbane to Longreach), Mr. and Mrs. Titsworth (Brisbane to Koepang), Mr. Begg (Brisbane to Calcutta), Mr. W. E. Hagarty, of the Post Office staff, who has been transferred to Cloncurry joined the plane for that centre on its departure.[107]

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