VH-UIZ  Ryan B-1 Brougham                   (c/n  92)

                             

                                    The above shot comes from the Civil Aviation Historical Society (CAHS).  This Brougham
                                    was imported as G-AUIZ in 1928 and registered to a Mr. D.A.B. Smith, dba NSW Airways,
                                    who named it 'City of Sydney'.   It left Sydney in March 1930 ostensibly on a flight to England
                                    but, in the event, was damaged in Thailand and shipped back to Australia.   In 1931 it was sold
                                    to New England Airways in whose service we see it here outside Adastra Airways hangar at
                                    Mascot, circa 1935.     New England named it 'City of Lismore' and, although that moniker
                                    doesn't seem to be visible on this shot, it can be seen in a couple on the series of photographs
                                    below.  These latter historic images came from Bruce Robinson whose grandfather actually
                                    founded New England Airways.  The image immediately below of -UIZ running up shows a
                                    race number, which was evidently used in connection with an air pageant held in Lismore in 1931.
                                    The second shot below shows G.A. Robinson accepting the first bag of airmail from the controller
                                    of mails in Sydney, also circa 1931.   The last of Bruce's shots shows the Brougham being refuel-
                                    ed (probably at Lismore) in the manner of the day.  (Note pitch of the prop!).   In 1936 VH-UIZ
                                    was  sold to Clancy Brothers of Rosebery,  NSW* and it is seen in the lee of the original control
                                    tower at Mascot, circa 1936, in the nice image from the Graeme Parsons collection at the foot of
                                    this page.   Under wings the aircraft displayed "Sterling Paints".  Possibly in lieu of a free paint job? 
                                    Just before WW II VH-UIZ was sold in New Guinea where it fell into disuse once the war started.
                                    Its remains were probably destroyed by enemy action in 1942.  The Japs seemed to like beating
                                    up old hulks on New Guinea airfields.   

                                   *  The Clancy Bothers, in 1931, designed and built a single-seat light parasol-wing aircraft, named
                                   the Sky Baby.   This was in the depths of the Depression and so successful was the design that it led
                                   them eventually into a career in aviation.    Although that's another story, I'll append a shot of the Sky
                                   Baby at the bottom of this entry since, (so far as I can ascertain), it was never registered and here is as
                                   good as place as any to show this interesting machine.   I wonder how much the designer of the Luton
                                   Minor was influenced by BIll Clancy's design?