The Museum is a celebration of the spirit, effort, and courage of the people who founded avionics in the centre of Australia.
There are books, DVD’s, aircraft models, and a huge range of souvenirs available. Please contact our friendly staff members for more information,
Mess to Mayhem
Read all about it! John Myers, better known as ‘Swamp-Fox’ by his friends flew for Connellan Airways for ten years between 1965 to 1975 first employed at 20 as a Trainee Pilot with Connellan Airways in Alice Springs living in the staff “Mess “at the old Townsite Aerodrome. John, a city boy who had never lived away from home before, grabbed the opportunity and was soon flying to the various stations and settlements throughout the NT. His story is about the people and the times, those people who helped shape his career as a pilot and taught him the many skills about survival and life in the outback. Marrying and starting a family and moving to Darwin, they just survived Cyclone Tracy (their house didn’t) and John flew the first evacuation flight out on Christmas Day. John launched his book “Mess to Mayhem’ at the recent centenary celebrations. Here’s a taste of one of his stories: After landing in Kununurra a flock of bush turkeys ran across in front the aircraft. The four propellors decapitated two of them. The aerodrome groundsman invited the pilot and crew to a barbecue at his place that night, where turkey was the main course. John Myers, pilot, 1969.
Sundowner of the Skies
The story of Oscar Garden - The forgotten aviator from Mary Garden. Seventy-five years ago an unknown novice aviator by the name of Oscar Garden landed his second-hand de Havilland Gypsy Moth on a dusty airstrip in the far north of Western Australia to become the fourth person to fly solo from England to Australia. It was November 6, 1930, and at 27 years old, he was the youngest and by far the most inexperienced.
Logo beaniie. Show your love for aviation and support to our museum during the cold winter in Central Australia, or anywhere!
Logo caps in various of colours and designs. Show your love for aviation and support to our museum with one of them.
Clyde Cornwall Fenton practised medicine in the Northern Territory for six years before the outbreak of the WWII. As a government medical officer, his practice extended over thousands of square miles of outback country. There was only one way to carry out his duties to his patients in such a vast and desolate area - by air plane.
Out of Control in the Centre - eBook in PDF format
This is a brief narrative of pilot J P Kellow's early flying days, followed by a detailed account of his association with EJ (Eddie) Connellan from the time they first met in early 1936.
Connellan's Camels - DVD
Produced by BBC Television, it is an iconic film about how aeroplanes, especially from Connellan Airways, replaced camel trains as a means of transporting mail, supplies, and passengers in the Northern Territory. This video is also showing in our theatrette modified Connair DC-3.
Connellan Airways has a special place in the aviation history of Australia. There have been few regular passenger airlines in Australia, there is none to compare with Connellan Airways and its immense contribution to the history of the Northern Territory and Outback Australia. This book is a brief account of that remarkable airline.
Connellan's Camels - USB
Suitable for computers and smart TVs. Produced by BBC Television, it is an iconic film about how aeroplanes, especially from Connellan Airways, replaced camel trains as a means of transporting mail, supplies, and passengers in the Northern Territory. This video is also showing in our theatrette modified Connair DC-3.
Failure of Triumph
Failure of Triumph is a story with several main themes. As the subtitle suggests it is EJ Connellan's story of the airline that he founded and it provides a unique perspective on 50 years of Australian aviation. But it is far more than that. It also provides an insight into 50 years of the Northern Territoty history. As the principal of the Territory's airline, a Central Australian pastoralist and businessman, EJ Connellan was associated with many of the key people and developments in the Territory's later history.