Qantas Heritage Collection on Show at Domestic Airport

Sydney, 15 October 2005

The rich and colourful history of Qantas since its establishment in outback Queensland in 1920 is featured in a permanent exhibition now open at the Qantas Domestic Terminal (T3) at Sydney Airport.

Overlooking the spectacular background of landing and departing aircraft, Qantas Heritage Collection includes artefacts and memorabilia drawn from thousands of items of historical significance donated by passengers and airline staff.

Temporary displays will be mounted among the permanent items to keep the exhibition fresh.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said that while reflecting on the past, the exhibition also served as a showcase for the Qantas brand and the airline's operational and commercial initiatives.

Mr Dixon said Qantas created the exhibition as a result of the efforts of some 15 retired staff who formed a voluntary historical group after they heard of memorabilia that had been stored away out of sight in the basement of the airline's former building in Sydney's CBD.

"Since the early 1990s, the group has worked diligently to sort, catalogue, list and repair a diverse range of items, including a priceless collection of photographs, portraits, correspondence, model aircraft, engines, old uniforms, advertising products, promotional merchandise and media cuttings.

"As the amount of material increased, it was stored in a number of Qantas locations not easily accessible by the public.

"By using an unoccupied part of our terminal, we now have a permanent home that the community can visit easily," he said.

Qantas Heritage Collection is on the mezzanine level of Sydney Domestic Terminal (T3) - enter adjacent to Gate 13. It is open to the public, free of charge, from Monday to Friday between 0930 hours and 1630 hours (closed on public holidays).

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3334)