Australia’s new $20 note was officially released for circulation on Wednesday, 9 October. The note, which still features RFDS founder Rev. John Flynn, also features a number of new design elements, with a De Havilland Dragon aircraft and a pedal powered transceiver included to reference some of the technological aspects of the Flying Doctor’s history.
To celebrate the new note, Note Printing Australia (NPA) held a special, RFDS-themed event earlier this month. Staff took part in a hotly contested paper aeroplane competition, followed by an address from Scott Chapman – Chief Executive of RFDS Victoria.
Scott spoke about the history of the RFDS and its connection to the design of the $20 note. His speech was followed by James Holloway from the Reserve Bank of Australia (who the NPA are a subsidiary of) describing the iconic features of the note, as well as its new technological features that increase security and make the note more accessible to people with vision impairment.
The formalities were concluded by Brenton Barlow, whose grandfather Allan Barlow features on the new note waving his hat at the aircraft as it flies above Veldt Station – a 90,000 acre ranch located 170km north of Broken Hill. Brenton talked about the impact and importance of the RFDS to the family’s wellbeing over decades of challenging times on the land, as well as what their inclusion on the note means to his family.
The NPA also ran a raffle on the day, raising $1300 for RFDS Victoria.