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Essendon Airport

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About Essendon Airport

Essendon Airport's history goes back to 1919, when a local aero club used the area's farmland as an airfield. Then known as St Johns, the airfield became an official aerodrome in 1921 when tenants including WWI flying ace Captain HJ Larkin used its grass runways and hangars.

Contemporary reports note the visit by aviation pioneer Charles Kingsford-Smith and the reservoir that obstructed the landing ground well into the 1930s. They also capture the tussle between competing interests to locate Melbourne's main airport: would it be Fishermans Bend in Port Melbourne or the open fields of Essendon?

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Early view of Essendon Airport, W Raymond Garrett, c. 1920–40

Essendon Airport

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