VH-UXZ  de Havilland D.H.89A Dragon Rapide               (c/n  6365)


                                  This Rapide was delivered new to ANA on 15 September 1937.    It was given the name "Marika"
                                  and, although that titling is washed out in the image above (taken at Mascot, Sydney), it is visible in
                                  the shot immediately below, shown loading passengers at Essendon, Melbourne for Adelaide in
                                  October 1938.    Under that is a photograph from the Fred Niven collection  (see credit below). 
                                  Finally, at the foot of the page is another Mascot, circa 1938 photo (love those ladies' hats).
                                  VH-UXZ crashed into the sea at Tanners Bay, off Flinders Island on 29 May 1943 while
                                  attempting a landing approach with one engine shut down.
                                  Photos top and bottom (Mascot) are from the Geoff Goodall collection.
                                  Second photo (Essendon) from an album donated to the Civil Aviation Historical Society by
                                  Ian Leslie (via Phil Vabre). 
                                  Third image is by 'Early Birds' pilot Bill Bennett, courtesy of the Fred Niven collection.