Australian Geographic Society 2014 Special Award

A special award has been presented to Dick Smith for 50 years of commitment and contribution to adventure and exploration
By AG STAFF October 27, 2014 Reading Time: < 1 Print this page

It has been 50 years since Dick Smith first attempted to climb the formidable rock spire of Balls Pyramid (near Lord Howe Island), which set him upon a life of adventure in both the physical world and in business.

His physical feats have included his 1982-83 solo flight around the world in a helicopter, his solo helicopter flight to the North Pole in 1987, his pole-to-pole circumnavigation in a Twin Otter aircraft in 1988-89 and his non-stop balloon crossing of Australia in 1993 to name just a few.

Then there are bold enterprises in the world of commerce – his founding of Dick Smith Electronics, the Australian Geographic journal and Dick Smith Foods, for example.

There have also been spirited forays into the world of ideas, including his high-profile questioning of prevailing beliefs on population growth and perpetual-growth economics. All in all, it’s been 50 years lived with in the spirit of adventure and we honour that commitment this year with a special award.