D.H. 83 Fox Moth
Above is a nice shot from the Neil Follett collection (via Geoff
Goodall) of -UQM flying off Cape
Barren Island, Tasmania in 1933. Note
original Tasmanian Aerial Services flag on the rudder.
The poor image below came from ANA in
the 1940s and I've always thought the registration
The photo was probably taken at de Havilland Aircraft Pty.
Ltd. at Mascot
when the Fox Moth
was new in 1932.
It was registered to Holyman Brothers in September
1932 and then, a
month later the registered owner was changed to Tasmanian Aerial
the name under which
the Holyman's first operated. A year later (October 1932) the
was again changed to
Holyman's Airways Pty Ltd. Head office was in
my old home town of
Follett's photo with 'TAS' surrounding the star is therefore, quite
In November 1936 the Fox
Moth was transferred to Australian National Airways. The photo
at the foot of the
page, courtesy of the State Library of
South Australia shows the Fox Moth
with the ANA pennant
rudder, and named 'Dromana'
(just love those hats!). VH-UQM
destroyed in a hangar
fire at Broken Hill, NSW in September 1939.