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Collection of The Squadron Leader/Sydney Flying Squadron newsletters

Date: 1939 - 1959
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Faye Magner
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0087

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    This archive series consists of 258 editions of The Squadron Leader (called The Sydney Flying Squadron from September 1940), the newsletter of The Sydney Flying Squadron club. It was printed at weekly intervals during the racing season, with occasional additional mid-week issues. The newsletter included items of interest to members, notices about races, the social program and advertisements. The newsletters were collected by skiff sailor and builder George Robinson, and date between 1939 to 1959.
    HistoryMr George Robinson (1894 - 1987), known widely as "Wee Georgie Robinson", was the designer, builder, owner and skipper of the champion skiff BRITANNIA throughout its working life.

    Robinson was a foreman shipwright at Cockatoo island, living on the Balmain waterfront for his whole life. He sailed in summer and played football in winter. Like his father, George Robinson became a boatbuilder and 18-Foot skiff skipper, starting as a bailer boy in his father's boat.

    In 1913 he built his first boat, a 6-foot skiff named BRITANNIA, and in 1919 he launched his 18-foot skiff of the same name. Over the next 25 years BRITANNIA became a champion, crewed by 11 family and footballers.

    Robinson built other craft including other skiffs, his own work launch, a yacht named WAITANGI and a series of Sabot class dinghies.

    Upon his death in 1987, his family donated various papers (programs, notebooks race records, magazines and newsletters) relating to BRITANNIA and the Sydney Flying Squadron collected by George Robinson to the Australian National Maritime Museum. The Museum also holds half block models of boats he built.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Copies of The Squadron Leader / Sydney Flying Squadron (Newsletter of the Sydney Flying Squadron] collected by Mr George (Wee Georgie) Robinson

    Web title: Collection of The Squadron Leader/Sydney Flying Squadron newsletters

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