85th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner

85th Anniversary Celebrations of the Uiver Rescue

Rotary Club of Albury West

In 2019 there are two special aviation milestones:

  • The KLM Uiver rescue at Albury celebrates its 85th Anniversary
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines celebrates 100 years of airline operations

To commemorate these big aviation anniversaries, we are holding a major Fundraising Dinner to aid in the restoration of Albury’s Uiver Memorial DC-2 aircraft.

The Dinner will be held in of the auditorium at the Commercial Club Albury on Saturday 19th October at 7:00 pm. Get your tickets online now.

Tickets are available online!

Tickets are $80pp for the three course dinner, drinks at bar prices.

Her Excellency MARIAN DERCKX

Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Her Excellency Marion Derckx to be guest speaker.

We are pleased to announce that our new patron and Dutch Ambassador to Australia, Her Excellency Marion Derckx, will be a VIP guest at the 85th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner.

HE Marion Derckx


Our Master of Ceremonies at the Uiver 85th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner will be John Walker.

Well known for his work as a comic actor on the Channel 7 hit comedy Full Frontal (1994-1999), John has worked as a Television and Theatre Actor, Corporate Compere, Writer, Director, Event Manager and MC for over 35 years. In 2006, John wrote the radio play, ‘Flight of the Uiver’ which was produced by the ABC and the Albury Wodonga Theatre Company.

John Walker


Our pop-up jazz band, Snoopy and the taildraggers will be entertaining us during the 85th Anniversary dinner!

We greatly appreciate that these talented local musicians will be performing for this important event.

Snoopy anf the Taildraggers


We are delighted to announce our first confirmed VIP guest speaker for the event is Captain Richard de Crespigny AM!

Richard is extremely well known in aviation circles, as the Qantas (ex RAAF) pilot in-command of the QF32 flight which landed safely back in Singapore despite engine and multiple systems failures.

Richard is one of our co-patrons. For more information about Richard's story, please see his website.

Richard de Crespigny

We will be posting updates about the fundraising dinner, 85th anniversary events and other VIP guests as they are confirmed.

Updates will also be posted on our Facebook event page.


Australia and the Netherlands have a long shared history. The Albury LibraryMuseum exhibition "Albury and Australia's Dutch Connections” showcases Albury and Australia’s Dutch connections, with a focus on the Uiver landing in 1934. The exhibition runs from 28 September to 15 December. The official opening is Saturday 19 October at 2:00pm.

On 20 October join Di Websdale-Morrissey as she reads from her new book,
On a Wing and a Prayer: The Race that Stopped the World, which tells the thrilling tale of the MacRobertson International Air Race of 1934 and Albury’s significant role in the Uiver’s safe arrival in Melbourne.

Richard de Crespigny

Uiver Memorial Community Trust

We are a not-for-profit organisation devoted to restoring Albury's “Uiver Memorial” DC-2 aircraft.

In 1934 the MacRobertson Air Race proclaimed itself as the greatest international air race devised, and history has confirmed that bold claim. The aircrews that completed the journey from England to Australia were honoured in a parade in Melbourne and treated like modern day rockstars.

However, along the way, the KLM DC-2 airliner Uiver became lost in a thunderstorm on the final leg of the race and was forced to land on Albury Racecourse at night.

The remarkable story of the Uiver’s rescue by the townsfolk of Albury and still taking the handicap prize is the stuff of legend, and is one of those events which could not be more amazing if it were scripted.

Here at Albury, where the Uiver was saved, we honour this incredible story by dedicating ourselves to restoring the world’s oldest Douglas DC-2 aircaft, with the aim of making it a museum centrepiece for future generations.

This is our story, and the story of those aviation pioneers who raced across the world.

For updates on the UIver Memorial restoration follow our social media

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