VH-BAU    Avro 652A Anson 1


                                   Another set of Geoff Goodall images gleaned from the distant past.  These show (above) an Airlines
                                   (WA) Ltd Anson at the old Maylands Airport, Perth, in December 1946, and (immediately below) a
                                   shot of it as W2149 awaiting conversion, circa October of that year.. The Anson had been purchased
                                   from the Commonwealth Disposals Commission and ferried to Maylands for conversion.  When the
                                   airline's D.H. 90 Dragonfly VH-ADG was badly damaged at Kalgoorlie in December of 1946, the
                                   civilianization of VH-BAU was accelerated and it was quickly pressed into service. After six years of
                                   airline flying, it was sold to Yaringa Pastoral Company at Yaringa South Station (between Geraldton
                                   and Carnarvon) and flown by Yaringa's owner Allan Kopke between his WA properties.  VH-BAU
                                   was finally retired at Maylands in December 1955 due to high maintenance costs in keeping it flying.
                                   It is seen in the last photograph (bottom of page) in 1958 derelict and dumped outside the Doggett
                                   Aviation hangar alongside another grounded Anson, VH-BMQ.