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George Matthews collection of aviation photographs, 1925-1939 [picture]
Bib ID 4851243
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Online Versions
Description 1925-1939 
48 photographs : b&w ; 22.4 x 31.3 cm., and smaller. 
Summary

Collection includes portraits of Matthews Aviation pilots, including George Matthews, and other staff members; photographs of Matthews Aviation aeroplanes and facilities in Australia; aerial photographs of Hobart and Melbourne; publicity shots from Saunders Roe, including a Royal Air Force aircraft, instrumentation and aircraft prototypes from Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.

Biography/History

Captain George Campbell Matthews (1884-1958) was the managing director of, and pilot for Matthews Aviation which operated from Essendon, Vic. He was a navigator with the merchant navy before enlisting in the Australian Light Horse and serving at Gallipoli. In 1917 he joined the Royal Flying Corps and served in France. Matthews was an entrant in the 1919 Great Britain to Australia flight offering a £10,000 prize. He was one of the first twelve to receive a civil pilot's licence under the Air Navigation Act of 11 November 1920 but his plane crashed in Bali forcing him to return to Australia by ship. In 1930 he formed Matthews Aviation Pty Ltd and operated a bi-weekly passenger and postal service between Melbourne and Tasmania via King Island. The crated Cutty Sark amphibious aircraft arrived in March 1930 and was used for the Bass Strait service, as well as joy flights during the warmer months.

Notes

Title devised by cataloguer.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-151685917

Related Material Records of Matthews Aviation Located at; National Library of Australia Manuscript collection MS 516. 
Subjects Matthews Aviation -- Photographs.  |  Saunders Roe Limited -- Photographs.  |  Airplanes -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Amphibian planes -- England -- Photographs.  |  Aeronautics -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Air pilots -- Australia -- Portraits.
Other authors/contributors Matthews, George Campbell 1884-1958

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