G-AUAA de Havilland D.H.37
registration, this was not the first aircraft to appear on the
Australian Civil Register.
actually the 98th. The G-AUAA to G-AUAZ series were reserved for
Civil Aviation Branch
use. Although all Australian aircraft are now in the VH- series, in the
aircraft were registered in the UK under the G-AU-- series, with
the "AU' designating
Commonwealth. Incidentally, and in the event, the Branch ignored
its own mandate, and the
very first CAB
aircraft was the Bristol Tourer G-AUCA ("CA" for Civil Aviation").
however, they were, in fact, in the G-AUA- series. This
first "open to the public"
then, was G-AUBA.
In 1930, Australia
was issued its own identification letters of VH-, and by 1931 most
had been repainted.
Anyway, the above rare photograph comes from the files,
with the courtesy of, the Airways
Museum and Civil
Historical Society, while the shot below is from the John Hotpon
Following that is an image from the Tony Arbon collection, and finally,
at the foot
the page is an historic shot from the collection of Geoff Goodall
showing G-AUAA and
together. For more on
the history of this
machine go to