VH-UHZ  Avro 594 Avian  Mk. IIIA                       (c/n  R3/CN/144)

                                    The above image is from the Civil Aviation Historical Society archives, whilst that below is courtesy
                                    of the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland* showing the Avian in somewhat mysterious
                                    tail stripes.   The aircraft had been imported as G-AUHZ in September of 1928 for Aircrafts Pty Ltd.
                                    This outfit flew its first revenue passenger services in 1929 and was a forerunner of the original Queens-
                                    land Airlines.  VH-UHZ was actually written off in a crash a fortnight after it was registered. However,
                                    the bits and pieces were sold to Messrs. N. D. Hagerty and A.H. Williams in care of QANTAS in
                                    Longreach for a rebuild.  A new C of A was issued in 1933.  In May 1939 it passed to a M.M.Castle
                                    of  Bundaberg, Qld, who did not retain it long, selling in September of that year to an owner in Sydney.
                                    At the foot of the page is a photo from the Frank Walters collection (via Geoff Goodall) showing it in
                                    the hangar at Mascot at that time.   I assume it was too ancient to be impressed into RAAF service at
                                    the outbreak of war, since it never had a military serial.    It was finally written off on 3 February 1941
                                    when it caught fire in the air and forced landed at Byrock, NSW.

                                   *    For any viewer interested in historical images of Queensland in addition to aviation, visit the
                                         State Library site at:   http://www.PictureAustralia.org/slq.html