The latest exhibit at Cloncurry's John Flynn Place, a museum commemorating the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service around Australia, will boost the north-west town's tourism power, said Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer AC, who opened the exhibit last night.
ToadShow's designers, having worked with John Flynn Place since 1987 when they wrote, illustrated and produced the museum's major display panels, have now created a constellation of new interactive displays to enrich the museum's content.
The new displays include ToadShow's Outback Heroes touchscreen, honouring four remarkable WWI veterans. It was featured yesterday on the front page of the local ABC web site.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer AC was particularly drawn to the story of Clifford Peel, a young medical student and airman with the Australian Flying Corps.
While travelling to Europe to fight in WWI Clifford Peel wrote a letter to Reverend John Flynn outlining his vision for aviation and medical services in the bush. The letter became the blueprint for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Mr Peel's plane was shot down in France so he never lived to know the amazing impact his words would have on medical services in the bush.
"We salute all the veterans who are featured, but I'm particularly attracted to this Clifford Peel, a visionary at age 23," said Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer AC.
Funding for the new interactive exhibits includes the Anzac Centenary Grants program.
Clifford Peel, a young medical student and airman with the Australian Flying Corps, is one of four heroes being honoured in a new interactive exhibit at John Flynn Place. (Supplied: John Flynn Place)