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Model of an Avro-Fokker aircraft used as a paperweight by Charles Ulm

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Model of an Avro-Fokker aircraft used as a paperweight by Charles Ulm

Object type
Models

Object number
1998.0025.0001

Description
Solid metal model of an Avro-Fokker aircraft, finished in drab olive green, and mounted on a rectangle of black glass with a layer of green felt on the bottom. 'Avro-Fokker' is engraved on nose of model.

Australian National Airways Ltd was registered in Sydney in December 1928, with Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm as joint managing directors. Based on the success of their exploits in the Fokker tri-motor 'Southern Cross', Kingsford Smith and Ulm ordered five tri-motor Avro X (10) aircraft from A V Roe and Co in England for the new company; naming them 'Southern Cloud', 'Southern Star', 'Southern Sky', 'Southern Moon' and 'Southern Sun'. The Avro X were similar to the famous 'Southern Cross', as they were A V Roe’s version of the Fokker FVII-3M, manufactured under licence from Fokker.

Collection name
Herb and Joan Cowan collection

Collection statement of significance
The Herb and Joan Cowan collection consists of model of an Avro-Fokker (Avro X) aircraft used as a paperweight by Charles Ulm in his office at Australian National Airways Ltd from 1930 to 1933. The model has been damaged, with propellers and bottom of the tail assembly broken off.

Australian National Airways Ltd (ANA) was registered in Sydney in December 1928, with Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm as joint managing directors. The initial vision for the company was to offer pilot training and operate passenger, mail and freight services between cities and towns in eastern Australia, and later to cities in New Zealand and eventually numerous international destinations. Based on the success of their exploits in the Fokker tri-motor 'Southern Cross', Kingsford Smith and Ulm ordered five tri-motor Avro X aircraft from A V Roe and Co in England for their new company; naming them 'Southern Cloud', 'Southern Star', 'Southern Sky', 'Southern Moon' and 'Southern Sun'. The Avro X were similar to the famous 'Southern Cross', as they were A V Roe’s version of the Fokker FVII-3M, manufactured under licence from Fokker. ANA started services in 1930, beginning with airmail, freight and passenger flights between Sydney and Brisbane. Despite the intial and expanding success of the company, aircraft crashes and financial difficulties forced ANA to suspend all services in June 1931, and after failed attempts at resurrection, ANA entered voluntary liquidation in February 1933.

User
Mr Charles T. Ulm

User
Mrs Mary J. Ulm

User
Mr Herb Cowan

Associated person
Sir Charles E. Kingsford Smith

User
Mrs Joan Cowan

Materials
Metal - non specific, Glass, Felted cloth - non specific

Dimensions
Length: 220mm
Width: 165mm
Height: 70mm



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