Port Macquarie Clipper

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ICAO Code: -

Known As: The Port Mac Clipper

Full Name: Port Macquarie Clipper

Country: Australia

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Brief History

In 1949 Roger and Philip Dulhunty returned from war service overseas and recognised the need for Port Macquarie to enjoy an air link with Sydney.

They chartered a Sunderland flying boat, the ‘Pacific Star’, from Trans Oceanic Airways to fly the first air service to Port Macquarie from Rose Bay, in Sydney, on Christmas Eve 1949.

Their advertisement in a Sydney newspaper read:

‘Be a Clipper Tripper for four pounds eighteen shillings and sixpence, in a Sunderland Flying Boat, to Port Macquarie’.

The advertisement produced such a response that they were obliged to put on three further flights to accommodate the bookings.  This lead to a regular contract and the Port Macquarie Clipper Service commenced operating every Saturday morning out of Rose Bay at 8.00am and arriving in Port Macquarie at 9.15am, then departing Port Macquarie at 10.45am and arriving at Rose Bay at 12.00 noon.

 This was at a time when there was no airport in the district and the only access to Port Macquarie from Sydney was by a tortuous gravelled road over Krambach Mountain or by a ten hour overnight train journey to Wauchope.

The Dulhunty Bros. enterprise and its accompanying publicity did much to put Port Macquarie on the tourist map. The venture lasted for over two years.

The aircraft were Short S25 Sunderland MKIII aircraft converted for passenger service at Rose Bay.  The were locally known as Hythe Flying Boats and employed for Pegasus XVIII engines.

These aircraft were finally sold to a company in Hawaii for operations to Tahiti and other Pacific islands.

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