the CAB called for tenders for the operation of air services between
Brisbane-Charleville, and Camooweal-Daly Waters. Since Q.A.N.T.A.S.
already operated a subsidised service between Charleville and Camooweal,
and had been doing so successfully since 1922, most observers expected
that Q.A.N.T.A.S. would be awarded the extension contracts. When the
successful tenderers were announced it was therefore no surprise when
Q.A.N.T.A.S. was awarded the Brisbane-Charleville contract. However,
the Larkin Aerial Supply Co. undercut the Q.A.N.T.A.S. tender and was
awarded the Camooweal-Daly Waters contract. This was later to cause
considerable problems for the CAB until Q.A.N.T.A.S. took over the whole
route in 1934.
above shows pilot P H 'Skipper' Moody accepting the mail at Brisbane's
Eagle Farm aerodrome prior to setting off on the inaugural service from
Brisbane to Charleville in De Havilland DH61 Giant Moth VH-UJB Apollo
on 17 April 1929. The mail totalled 1,004 items. The text on the open
hangar doors reads "Brisbane Flying School".
CAHS/E C Johnston collection)