VH-UQL   de Havilland D.H.80A Puss Moth                  (c/n  2088)

                                        

                                            This shot is from my father's scrapbook and came from a small picture in a 1935
                                            magazine.    It was evidently taken at Brunette Downs, in the Northern Territory,
                                            circa 1932.   The photo below, from the Len Dobbins collection (via the CAHS),
                                            was probably taken somewhat later.    VH-UQL was first registered on 24 June
                                            1932 to H.F. Broadbent who traded as Sydney Air Taxis, based at Mascot.  
                                            The aircraft was named 'Dabs 2'.   After several owners it was sold to North
                                            Queensland Airways Pty Ltd, and then taken over by Airlines of Australia Ltd in
                                            December 1938.   The Puss Moth was written off in a crash at Coen, Queensland
                                            on 27 August 1941.   It waa used in the Mackay Aeriasl Survey Expedition of Central
                                            Australia of 1935 as seen in the wide angle photo from the Sydney Morning Herald of
                                            18 June 1935 under the entry for VH-UTK.