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  • Jan Phillips collection(12)

    East-West Airlines t-shirt
    EAST-WEST Tasbureau GOLD COAST exacto 2ue t-shirt
    East West Airlines Jetabout Gunnedah t-shirt
    East-West Airlines female flight attendant's blue uniform

    The Jan Phillips collection comprises two late 1970s early 1980s East-West Airlines flight attendant uniforms worn by Jan Phillips during her time working with the company. In addition there are a number of paper based materials relating to Ms Phillips' experiences including photographs, flight attendant manuals and East-West magazines.

    East-West Airlines was established in Tamworth, New South Wales, and first began operations in 1947. It was an important regional airline, and during the 1970s and 1980s provided some competition to the duopoly of Ansett and Australian Airlines in the domestic market. By flying to major cities via regional centres East-West Airlines could afford to undercut prices. East-West Airlines was acquired by Ansett in 1987, although it continued to operate as a separate entity until 1993. Flight attendants were a crucial part of the East-West Airlines operations and Phillips' experience and her uniforms represent the service side of the aviation industry, acting as a window onto the history of Australia's regional airlines.