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Cup coming home

THE cup won in Australia’s first official air dash will be displayed at the Serpentine Centenary Air Race this month.

After two years of discussions and negotiations with RAAF Museum, Point Cook, organisers on Tuesday morning received confirmation that the trophy won by Lt WH Treloar in 1920 will be brought to Serpentine for the commemorative air race and celebrations on March 20.

An excited East Loddon Historical Society member and one of the event’s organisers, Mary Davidson, said news of the cup coming home would add extra significance to the air show originally planned for 2020 but delayed by COVID.

The race in August 1920 raised funds for the Second Peace Loan, starting in Serpentine and finishing in Melbourne.

Lt Treloar and Sgt CJ Hazlitt returned to Serpentine two months later in Treloar’s DeHavilland 6 to receive the winner’s trophy from East Loddon Shire president Cr Tonkin.

Mary said efforts to find the runners-up trophy had so far been unsuccessful.

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