Redmont was known as Camp 127 at the time of the photo. The camp supported the construction the Mt Newman railway and now its operation. The line carries iron ore to the coast at Port Hedland. 127 is the distance in miles from Port Hedland. The railway has the world's longest and heaviest trains, over 7km long and weighing almost 100,000 tonnes. Operated by Trans West Air Charter.
VH-UVK set out for Australia as G-ABGK, Race No. 16, in the 1934 Mildenhall-Melbourne air race. Its race was over when its undercarriage collapsed on landing at Aleppo in Syria. The damaged aircraft was salvaged and shipped to Australia where it was repaired by Horrie Miller, of MacRobertson Miller Airlines fame. He operated -UVK until November 1941 when the RAAF impressed it as A42-1. The Vega survived the war but was scrapped at the orders of the Department of Civil Aviation. Photo from: National Library of Australia
Cathay Pacific was the only airline to operate Convair jetliners on scheduled services into Australia and then only to Perth from Hong Kong via regional ports Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. The delivery of Boeing 707s allowed Cathay to establish non-stop services to the major eastern Australian markets.