Capt George Campbell Matthews

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b. South Australia in 1883

Joined the 9th Australian Light Horse in 1914, took part in the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign, then joined the Australian Flying Corps.

From 1923, joined QANTAS as a pilot (mainly on the Charleville to Cloncurry route) and then, in 1930, set up Matthews Aviation Pty. They originally had an Airco DH.4 (VF-UBZ), then a series of DH Moths (several of which they crashed), and finally a Saunders-Roe A.17 Cutty Sark VH-UNV and a Saunders-Roe A.21 Windhover VH-UPB, which they used on a regular service from Melbourne to Tasmania.

Here is his Cutty Sark coming ashore at Hobart in December 1930:

matthews cutty sark 1931

However, the Windover drifted onto the rocks of King Island, Tasmania on the 13 May 1936.

Became a Wing Commander in the RAAF in WWII.

d. 27 Jan 1958

 

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