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Wednesday, 11 March 1936

The PRESIDENT - I have to inform the Senate that, in accordance with the motion passed in December last the resolutions agreed to by the Senate in reference to the loss of "Air-Commodore Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Mr. J. T. Pethybridge were communicated to those concerned and I have received from them letters thanking the Senate. I particularly desire to direct the attention of the Senate to the following paragraphs included in the letter from AirCommodore Sydney "W. Smith, commanding the Royal Air Force in the Far East: -

I would also request you to state that 1 am greatly impressed by the marks of appreciation shown by both Houses of the Commonwealth Parliament for the efforts of the personnel under my command in their attempts to locate the missing airmen. I can but assure you that our endeavours were inspired by a wholehearted spirit of admiration for the achievements of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith as an airman, and a realization of the value of his services in the development of aviation throughout the world.

In accordance with the desire expressed in your letter I have conveyed the thanks of your Parliament to all those of my officers and airmen who assisted in the search operations.

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