VH-UNU  de Havilland D.H.60M Moth               (c/n  1444)


                                        The image above is from the Fred Mack collection.  VH-UNU was imported new in 1930                                        by
                                        for G.A. Robinson (t/a New England Motor Company) for his son Reg, who had learned
                                        to fly under aviation pioneer Keith Virtue    It was the first 'Metal Moth' to be registered in
                                        Australia.    Reg bent it badly at Bourke, NSW on 7 July 1930 as seen in the grainy photo
                                        at the foot of  the page, sent by G.A.'s grandson, Bruce Robinson.     Reg was quite badly
                                        injured and unfortunately his passenger died.    In 1934 Robinson and Virtue founded New
                                        England Airways (of Lismore, NSW) and -UNU was transferred to the asset register of the
                                        new company.          When Airlines of Australia was formed out of New England Airways,
                                        in January 1936 -UNU followed the owners again and was registered to the new company.
                                        Just over a year later AOA was absorbed by Australian National Airways and the Moth
                                        was transferred. yet again, whereupon it was used by the ANA Flying School.  Immediately
                                        below is a shot of it wearing the ANA logo on the rudder .   This latter, from the Lawrence
                                        Roche collection was taken at Donald, Victoria on 30 June 1937. -UNU was finally written
                                        off in a crash at Somerton, Victoria on 8 Mar 1938.