Essendon Airport - c.1930s

This marvellous photo shows the hangar area of Melbourne/Essendon Aerodrome in the early 1930s (before 1934). The takeoff and landing area itself was an all-over grass field. Something interesting appears to be happening around the Australian National Airways Avro X VH-UMI Southern Moon!

Click on the hot-spots below for more information about features in the photo. Construction dates are given for the buildings, plus the tenant at the time of the photo. Some hot-spots include links to further information and photos.

Australian Aero Club, Victorian Section (later Royal Victorian Aero Club)Caretaker's cottage (1924)'Government Hangar' - used by the Aero Club (1924) - click here for moreHart Aircraft Service (1926)Shaw-Ross Aviation Co. (1921) - the first hangar erected at Essendon, for LarkinMatthews Aviation (1925)Australian National Airways (1930)ANA Avro X VH-UMI Southern Moon - click here for moreprobably a De Havilland DH50Matthews Aviation Airco DH4 G-AUBZ - click here for moreAero Club DH60 Moth - click here for an exampleAero Club DH60 Moths - click here for some examples

(Photo: CAHS collection)

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