Ross Smith Memorial

Commemorating the Great Air Race

In 1919, Captain Ross Smith won the race to become the first aviator to fly from England to Australia in under 30 days. A commemorative memorial is located in Darwin where the plane first touched down onto Australian soil.

CLOUSTON Associates developed the concept plan and detailed design for significant upgrades to the Ross Smith Memorial to help people understand the significant story of the historic flight.  Planting, seating, signage and lighting complement rather than compete with the design of the heritage listed memorial structure. The timeline of the voyage is interpreted in the new pathway, with plane motifs representing the plane’s stopping points such as Cairo, Delhi and Sourabaya.

Client: NT Government
Services: Landscape concept plan, detailed design, interpretation and documentation
Date: 2017-2019