A statuette funded by Albury citizens to mark a 1930s aviation tragedy is back for public viewing in the Netherlands after decades forgotten in storage.
The Montford Uiver Flight Memorial can be seen at the Dutch aviation museum Aviodrome, which accepted it on loan from the Amsterdam Museum for 10 years.
Uiver historian Noel Jackling said Aviodrome attracted 150,000 visitors a year, many of whom would come to know Albury's connection to the Uiver aircraft.
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Created by Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance sculptor Paul Montford, the bronze and marble statuette was Albury's gift to the people of Holland, presented by then-mayor Alfred Waugh in Amsterdam 84 years ago.
Residents raised 150 pounds to commission the piece following the Uiver's desert crash in December 1934, two months after the KLM DC-2 aeroplane had made its emergency landing at Albury racecourse, aided by car headlights lighting up a makeshift runway.
Originally displayed in Amsterdam Town Hall, the statuette was removed sometime before 1962, with Mr Jackling's inquiries in 2014 failing to locate it.
"It has since been subject to conservation and its dark blue-green patina treated," Mr Jackling said.
Albury councillors have voted to commission a replica of the memorial statuette for Albury Library Museum at an estimated cost of $13,910.
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