To continue the Australian theme, here's an excellent article by Leigh Edmonds on the development of airmindedness in Australia, from Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media & Culture. (It's quite long; there's a shorter version at the Airways Museum & Civil Aviation Historical Society.) My impression from that is that airminded organisations had more influence with the government in Australia than in Britain, and also that the Australian government was more successful in encouraging the growth of airlines than was the British (geography no doubt helped – there's far less need for aircraft to get around in a tiny place like the UK). And it might just be because of the focus of the article, but military aviation seems to have taken a distinct second place to civil aviation, though it's interesting to see that in the 1930s, the shadow of the bomber fell across even so remote a country as Australia.
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