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Donald Harkness Archive Collection

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Brief description

Personal papers of Donald James Harkness, relating to motor racing and the design of aero engines from 1916 to 1971.

Notes

A printed guide to the full archive is available at the museum

Significance

Donald James Harkness, pioneer in the Australian automotive and aeronautical industries, racing driver and record breaker, was born in Leichhardt, NSW, in December 1898. This archival collection consists of photographs, scrapbooks, news cuttings, letters received, subject files and biographical notes. It relates to Harkness's career in motor racing and aero engine design, particularly his collaboration with racing driver Norman `Wizard' Smith, 1930-1932 to break the Australasian one mile record and the world ten mile record. Harkness also had an early interest in aviation and included is material relating to the construction of the Harkness Hornet aero engine in 1930, the first Australian built engine to pass the Commonwealth Government's airworthiness type test.

Data time period: 1916 to 1971

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Spatial Coverage And Location

text: New South Wales, Australia

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