G-AUHW  de Havilland D.H.61 Giant Moth         (c/n   330)

                                 

                                      This image above is from the collection of Mrs. P.McKenzie, via the Civil Aviation Historical
                                      Society.  As can be seen, the Giant Moth was a large machine, powered by a 485 h.p. Bristol
                                      Jupiter XI engine.  G-AUHW originally imported for Airgold Ltd of Sydney in November of
                                      1928 and named 'Canberra'.  In the event it crashed at Cowes, Victoria soon after being
                                      registered and delivery by Airgold was never taken up.     Repaired, the machine was sold to
                                      Les Holden early in 1929 and used by his Holden's Air Transport Services Ltd in New Guinea.
                                      The photo immediately below, from the Daryl Mackenzie collection, shows it at that venue in the
                                      early 1930s, by then registered VH-.  The aircraft crashed at Kaiapit, New Guinea in November
                                      of 1934 and was destroyed by the resultant fire.   The third photo, below,  is courtesy of the
                                      John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland collection, and was probably taken at Archer-
                                      field, circa 1929, possibly while the aircraft was en route to New Guinea.    Finally at the foot of
                                      the page is a photograph from the State Library of New South Wales collection illustrating
                                      'Canberra' possibly on the same trip north.   Flown by Les Holden, it carried the Honorable
                                      S.M. Bruce (former Prime Minister) to Coffs Harbor where this arrival shot was taken.