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Friday, 6 December 1935

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - On behalf of the members of the United Country party I support the motion, and I desire to express our sense of the nation's loss in the passing of such distinguished Australians as Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, and his companion, Mr. Pethybridge. It can be said that in Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Australia had the uncrowned king of the air. His charming personality endeared him to every one with whom he came in contact, and his courage and crusading spirit captured the imagination of the people. I am merely echoing the sentiments of the public when I say that the nation mourns the passing of these men. If one day Australia possesses a hall of fame, I am confident that, inscribed in a prominent place therein, will be the names of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and his comrade, Mr. Pethybridge.

Motion agreed to, honorable senators standing in their places.

Motion (by Senator Sir George Pearce) agreed to -

That the foregoing resolutions respectively be transmitted to those concerned, together with a copy of the speeches delivered in connexion with them.

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