Written by Donna Newton, RAHS Librarian
Sydney Airport’s first commercial flight was on 19 November 1919 by pilot and aviation pioneer Nigel Love. In a two-seater Avro 504K biplane he took off from a former cow paddock on the northern shore of Botany Bay, the airfield for his new aviation business.
Now named after Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is one of the world’s oldest continually operating airports. Sydney Airport’s Centenary represents a landmark not only for the local community and broader Sydney, but also for aviation history.
Our Centenary acknowledges key milestones and celebrates the people and the community through the many rich and diverse stories from the last 100 years. The history of the airport is so closely linked to the history and transformation of the city.
Visit the Centenary Centre, a convenient online hub for information about the history, fun facts and a timeline showcasing some of the moments that have been pivotal over the years to the airport’s growth and success.
The RAHS Library has this publication in its collection if you are interested in reading further about Sydney Airport’s history: