A section of wooden wing skin from the Lady Southern Cross held in the collection of the National Library of Australia in Canberra. As shown in the top image, the artefact is painted silver and would appear to be from the trailing edge of the wing. The artefact measures 34cm x 10cm x 1mm. The reverse unpainted surface shown in the bottom image is inscribed "Lady Southern Cross 1934. Taken from the wing surface when the long range tanks were fitted before the flight Australia USA". The inscription includes a signature thought to be that of A.H. Affleck, a contemporary of Smithy. Arthur Affleck joined the Civil Aviation Branch of the Australian Defence Department in 1936 as a Flying Inspector.
Picture: National Library of Australia, Commissioned by Tim Kalina.