Charles Kingsford Smith - Coffee Royal

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 10:34
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Morning all,
I have just finished reading a book about the life of Sir Charles "Chilla" Kingsford Smith.

As I often do when reading books with Australian landmarks, I try to find them on Google Maps to try and fathom the isolation of many of these places.

This one has escaped me. Coffee Royal... the place where Smithy ditched the Southern Cross on a flight intended to go to England but ending up somewhere near Wyndham when things went pear shaped.

For a moment there I though I was on a winner with thread 30055, however, the thread deteriorated and ended up as a cheerio with no given co-ordinates.

The site has many new members and visitors now since the original thread was posted, so I'm hoping someone will know the answer to my question.

Thanks for taking the time to read and hopefully respond.

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Reply By: equinox - Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 11:13

Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 11:13
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 11:51

Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 11:51
Thank you...just pegged it.

Doesn't appear to be any roads in and out of the place.

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Reply By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 11:13

Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 11:13
Hi Fab,

Les Hiddin's book says it was the Glenelg River tidal flats, about 220km west of Wyndham. It doesn't have the exact coordinates.

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Follow Up By: miandering fiander - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 08:40

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 08:40
Les Hiddin's "bush tucker man" did a story about it so may be able to get info down that path.
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Reply By: kimberleybloke - Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 14:35

Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 14:35
A good account of this storey is given by Frank Colquhoun in his book Cockpit & Spanner.It gives the part played by West Australian Airways in the search operation,most of which was conducted from Derby in the West Kimberley.
Sorry,it doesnt give any I havnt really answered your question!
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