In 1988, the Reserve Bank of Australia (in collaboration with CSIRO - the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia) released polymer banknotes, i.e., plastic banknotes with optically variable devices. Countries that have since switched completely to polymer banknotes include Brunei, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Vietnam, Fiji, Mauritius, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Gambia and Scotland.
Charles Kingsford Smith (Smithy), was an early Australian aviator. In 1928, he earned global fame when he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. He also made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, and the first eastward Pacific crossing from Australia to the United States. He also made a flight from Australia to London, setting a new record of 10.5 days.