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Pilot Episode (One FM)

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From One FM in Shepparton, Terri Cowley tells a part of Australian history from a unique perspective, as she recounts the tale of one of Australia's first mid-air collisions.

Supervising production from Agnes Cusack. Training from the Community Media Training Organisation. Distributed by the Community Radio Network.

Produced for the 2021 CBAA National Features and Documentary Series.

The episode happened at Sydney’s Bankstown Airport in 1955 but, more than 60 years later, it’s still rippling down through the generations of the Cowley family, coming to rest with Terri, a journalist who felt compelled to tell the story – before it was too late.

Special Thanks

  • Les, Ken and Maureen, Ted and John Cowley for their candid interviews
  • Agnes Cusack
  • Rob Rosenthal


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  • Come Josephine in my flying machine, performed by Ada Jones and Bill Murray and chorus, 1910
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