VH-BLF (1) Avro
photograph was by the later Peter R. Keating (via Geoff Goodall) at
Mascot in 1958.
Note that by this time it had traded in its "pointed nose"
(as seen in my shot below at Bankstown,
circa 1948) for a conventional Anson nose.
This aircraft was ex RAAF EF989 and was another
purchased by James Loneragan trading as Aircraft Disposals of Mudgee
NSW in 1946. It was
destined to become
VH-AJL but those marks were on the "Do Not Allocate" list at the time
hence it was
re-alloted the registration VH-BLF. (-AJL was not used until 1977 when
it was assign-
ed to a Cessna 182). Anyway, Aircraft
Disposals themselves used -BLF it as a company hack for
year in 1948 and then retired it and stored it in a hangar at Camden
until 1956. At that point in
time it was sold to Morrie Lawrence at Camden who
was Australian agent for the US company
World Wide Aerial Surveys.
Operating under the name Sepal Pty Ltd, Lawrence provided ex
RAAF Mosquitos, a Hudson and VH-BLF to WWAS
for surveys in outback Australia and Borneo
until 1958 when WWAS pulled out of Australia and
Sepal Pty Ltd and VH-BLF were sold to Adastra
Aerial Surveys. Morrie Lawrence
continued at Camden as a maintenance organization, Lawrence
Engineering Services. He was involved in
buying up Tiger Moth spares inventories from agricultural
companies who were modernizing their fleets, and set
up his own production line of a dozen "new
build" Tiger Moths at Camden.
The photo immediately below shows -BLF while
in Aircraft Disposals ownership (Camden, circa
Following that is a poor, but rare shot from
the Geoff Goodall collection at Mascot in 1957 of this
Anson wearing World Wide
Aerial Surveys titles.