G-AUAK   de Havilland D.H.60 Moth         (c/n  242)


                                    This Moth was one of several owned by the Civil Aviation Branch, Department of Defence,
                                    Commonwealth of Australia, in the late 1920s and loaned out to various aero clubs, in this
                                    case the Australian Aero Club (NSW Section).  The above rare photograph comes to me
                                    courtesy of Wal Ives.  The image below of the Moth with its wings folded was unearthed by
                                    Geoff Pogson (and is shown here courtesy of the CAHS).   Incidentally, I have several
                                    photos of my mother dressed identically to this glamorous lady.  Possibly Mascot, circa
                                    1927. (I was born in 1931).   After re-registration as VH-UAK in 1930 this aircraft was
                                    owned by a variety of aero clubs and private owners, including one or two in New Guinea.
                                    It  returned to the mainland in 1939.  Since it had suffered a crash at Mascot in 1941 it was
                                    never impressed into military service like many Moths were.  Attempts to restore it after the
                                    war failed and it was finally struck off the register in 1946.