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"John Fysh, the son of our co-founder Sir Hudson Fysh has a wonderful anecdote about his earliest days as a child in Longreach, explaining how, at age four, and as a joke, the mechanics passed him a broom and put him to 'work' sweeping the hangar floor." 
   
Worldwide Patron
John Fysh
 
Committee      
Click here to know more about your Red Tail Road to 100 Foundation Committee. They have over 137 years of QF experience between them!
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About Us

Background:

The Red Tail Road to 100 is an initiative that aims to reunite former Qantas staff over a series of reunion events around Australia and overseas in the lead up to the airline’s centenary in 2020.

Founded in 2015, the concept has been developed by four former Qantas staff members, who form part of the Foundation Committee with Worldwide Patron John Fysh.

The Foundation Committee has developed a strategy plan that includes the creation of State and International Chapters each of which will host a series of Milestone Reunion events in 2016 and 2018 before a major celebration on the centenary year in 2020.

Each State and International Region aims to have a Patron, Reunion Director and Event Committee. The Foundation Committee assists by setting the parameters for each of the reunions, develops the initiatives as well as co-ordinates and endorses activities and other state-based initiatives that are proposed by each of the Chapters between now and 2020.

We want to ensure that our former Qantas colleagues, now members of the Red Tail Road to 100, have a platform where they can interact with former colleagues and continue to foster lifelong friendships. We aim to deliver this through the numerous Milestone Reunions and also through social media channels like Facebook. We also encourage and support each Chapter to continually engage with their members right up to the centenary.

The Foundation Committee leads by example, and fosters friendships which include involvement by former TAA and Australian Airlines staff who became part of our history after the merger of the airlines. In doing so we have this to say:  “We recognise that the Qantas of today is a merged entity of two outstanding airlines and that as a single unit, it will reach its centenary in 2020.”

Meet the team:

Australian State Chapters:      
QLD
Patron:
Reunion Director:  

Phil Thow
Peter Kinnane 
WA
Patron:
Reunion Director: 

Dick Chandler
Tony McGrath 
       
FAR NORTH QLD
Patron:
Reunion Director:   

Phil Thow
Frances Mellick
VIC
Patron:
Reunion Director:  

Rodney Robson
Pat Williams
SA
Patron:
Reunion Director: 

John Ward
Mal Andrews 
NSW
Patron:
Reunion Director:  

TBA
TBA
       
ACT
Patron:
Reunion Director: 

Charles Wade
David Fisher 
TAS
Patron:
Reunion Director:  

Allan Williams
Stephen King 
       
NT
Patron:
Reunion Director: 

Ian Burns-Woods
Karen Hauff
Freight
Patron:
Reunion Director:

Roger Parkes
Laurie Willoughby
       
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Patron:
Reunion Director:

Bruce Baird
Chris Kewley
       
International
New Zealand:
Europe & Middle East:

Phil Simms
Danny da-Rin
   
UK: Wayne Pearce    
       
AFRICA
Patron:
Reunion Director:

Grant Pitman
Charlie Roberts
   
       
THE AMERICAS
Patron:
Reunion Director:

John Rowe
Jim Prasad