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This Day in History

Australian History

Tuesday, August 13, 1940. :   Three Parliamentary Ministers are killed when their aircraft crashes in Canberra.

     The war years for Australia were a difficult and uncertain time, and they were marked by political instability in the early years. However, no-one could have predicted the tragedy which occurred in August 1940 and undermined the government just one month before the federal election.

On 13 August 1940, three Victoria-based United Australia Party ministers, in addition to Sir Brudenell White, the Chief of the General staff, were aboard an RAAF Lockheed Hudson bomber coming in to land at Canberra when it stalled. The aircraft then crashed into the hills adjacent to the airfield. White, two officials and the four crew, along with Minister for the Army and member for Corangamite, Geoffrey Street, Minister for Air and member for Flinders, James Fairbairn and Sir Henry Gullet, member for Henty and Vice-President of the Executive Council, were all killed. A Judicial Court of Inquiry following the incident issued a stern warning to RAAF pilots regarding the tendency of the Hudson aircraft to stall when the speed was allowed to drop too far.

Arthur Fadden was given the portfolios of Air and Civil Aviation following the deaths of the Country Party ministers. Although a terrible tragedy, this provided the opportunity for Fadden to show greater leadership. It was one of a series of events which allowed Fadden to rise to the position of Deputy Leader of the Country Party and, ultimately, leader of the Country Party in March 1941.

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