The Stinson Memorial Project began in 2018 as a result of a chance conversation. This conversation revealed a previously unknown history of the area to one of those conversationalists and sparked a desire to redress that lack of knowledge and lack of recognition of one of Australia’s significant air disasters.
Following on from some local press reporting, and under the auspices of the Mia Mia Mechanics Institute Inc., a group of interested people began the process of researching the crash, its victims and witnesses and undertook the design and implementation of a permanent memorial.
Support for the project was sought from local, state and federal political representatives, from service and community organisations and from the local community.
Integral to the success of this project was the support of the families of those lost in the crash. Many hours were put into finding the relatives and descendants and that work continues as not all have yet been found.