Airports & Aerodromes Index


From its beginnings in 1921 the Department was charged with the responsibility for providing landing grounds along the major air routes. Over the years, the Department established, owned and maintained nearly every licenced airport and aerodrome in the country until, in the 1980s, the Aerodrome Local Ownership Plan and other airport disposal schemes saw the Department divest itself of the ownership of almost all aerodromes and airports.

This page provides links to information about the Department's involvement with airports and aerodromes.


Consult a list of Unit and equipment acronyms used on this site

 

AIRPORTS & AERODROMES GENERAL HISTORY


Read about The Early Days of Civil Aerodromes

Photos of early Aerodrome Site Selection - 1921

 

Aerodrome Register 1921-1959 < Downloadable copy of the Register of Licenced Aerodromes 1921-1959


See a strip map of the Melbourne-Adelaide air route, including aerodrome diagrams - 1939

 

INDIVIDUAL AIRPORTS & AERODROMES

 

Capital City Aerodromes


Perth/Maylands

  • photo of the WAA hangar flooded - 1926
  • WAA's, later ANA's, historic Hangar No 1 - 1931 & 1976
  • aerial photos from just before the aerodrome closed - 1961


Perth/Guildford

  • aerial photos - 1980
  • International Terminal under construction - 1985


Sydney/Mascot (Kingsford Smith)


Adelaide/Parafield


Adelaide/West Beach

  • photo of the old passenger terminal building and Control Tower, c. late 1960s
  • passenger terminal just before demolition - 2008


Hobart/Cambridge

  • photos of the aerodrome - 1934, 1942
  • runway layout - 1955
  • aerial photo and layout - 2011
  • surviving, historic former Control Building - 2011

Melbourne/Essendon
< A film-strip showing scenes of Essendon Airport from 1954



Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport



  • Aerial photo mosaic showing Essendon, and Tullamarine under construction - 1967
  • RAAF aircraft at Melbourne/Tullamarine - 1971
Melbourne Airport 1985 < Melbourne Airport: A Service Community at Work slideshow - 1985
 
click here for Melbourne Airport runway widening

  • runway widening - 2005



Melbourne/Moorabbin

 

Download by clicking here

< Download a short history of Moorabbin Airport & Control Tower by clicking on the icon at left. (260 KB .pdf file)


 

Brisbane/Archerfield

Brisbane Airport

  • aerial photos - 2005

 

Regional Aerodromes


Ceduna

  • aerial colour photo - c.1955


Charleville

  • aerial photos - 2001


Cloncurry

  • passenger terminal c.early 1960s
  • Aeradio building & historic Qantas hangar - 1940
  • the same building as the passenger terminal - 1974
  • new passenger terminal - 2001


Cootamundra


Devonport

  • Control Tower and passenger terminal - 1965


Dubbo

  • aerial photo - 2007


Fitzroy Crossing

  • photos and diagram - 1972


Forrest

  • photos of showing the historic hangar and hostel - 1972 & 2009


Karratha


Longreach

  • photos of the first runway strips laid anywhere in Australia- 1925

Mackay

  • Control Tower and passenger terminal - 1960s


Mangalore

  • photos and early history - c.1950
  • VAR Approach Chart - 1967


Port Lincoln


Quirindi

  • photos from the opening of the aerodrome -1957


Wynyard

  • the unique railway crossing - 1971


COUNTRY AIRPORT PASSENGER TERMINALS
Ballarat - 2005-2008 Hamilton - 1985 Mount Gambier - 1966
Brampton Island - 1966 Hay - 1994 Port Lincoln - late 1960s
Bedourie Ingham - 1959 Quirindi - 1957
Broome - 1977 Julia Creek - 1963 & 1974 Roma - 2001
Cairns ANA & ANSETT-ANA c.1957 & 1962 Kingscote - 1967 Wagga Wagga - 2010
Cloncurry - early 1960s Launceston - 1970 Whim Creek - 1979
Cunnamulla - 2002 Mackay - 1960s  
Devonport - 1965    
Griffith - 2010    
     
FLYING BOAT BASES


Karumba

  • tour the Flying Boat Base - 1938


Rose Bay

 

AIRPORT EQUIPMENT


Drawing of Aerodrome Ground Markings -1928

The Signal Square

The more modern Signal Area

 

click here to download Lights in the Night < Download Lights in the Night - a history of airport lighting by clicking on the icon at left (2 MB .pdf file)


Photo of a typical Rotating Aerodrome Beacon

Photo of a typical Illuminated Wind Indicator

The Calvert Cross Bar Approach Lighting System

Spraying runway markings - 1959

DCA Control Launch C.A.15 - 1969

Aerial photo showing typical Precision Approach Runway markings - Brisbane 2007

Photo of the ubiquitous Airport Safety Officer and vehicle - 1984

Photos of and information about a Linesman at work splicing a cable - 2007

Read about the Department's Bird Hazard Identification Unit


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Melbourne Airport 1985 slideshow Click for Aerodrome Register