About the Airways Museum & Civil Aviation Historical Society
The Airways Museum
Major areas covered in the museum include:
Where Are We?
The Museum is located at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, at the rear of Building 44. Enter via Edgar Johnston Lane. Melway Map Ref 16 C7. Click here for a map
The Museum itself is accessible by ramp. However, toilet facilities require the ability to climb stairs. The nearest ramp-accessible toilets are at the Passenger Terminal.
Parking around the Airways Museum is subject to various restrictions. In addition to permit parking zones, there are ticketed places in the carpark immediately to the north of the Museum (free on weekends). There are also a number of free 3h and 12h places in Wirraway Rd adjacent to the the northern carpark.
Pedestrian/Public Transport Access
The Museum is accessible by public transport from tram stop 57 on Matthews Avenue, Airport West route. Access via this route requires the climbing of a footbridge over the Tullamarine Freeway opposite Vaughan Rd.
Due to freeway widening works the pedestrian bridges giving access to Essendon Airport have been closed as of Friday the 8th July 2016. Alternate access to the Airport is over the English Street Bridge. New bridges will be reinstalled once majority of widening of the Tullamarine Freeway has been completed.
Click here for our Virtual Tour of the Airways Museum
The CAHS stages regular Special Exhibitions at the Airways Museum using material from our extensive archives. These Exhibitions have included:
The Civil Aviation Historical Society
The Society also maintains an archive of photographs, documents, publications and films. The archive is open to researchers by appointment.
Full membership of the Society is open to current and former employees of the DCA, its predecessors and successors. Associate membership is open to all other people with an interest in aviation history.
Airways Museum Volunteers
The CAHS operates the Airways Museum on behalf of Airservices Australia. It is staffed entirely by volunteers. To read about our Museum volunteers, or about becoming one yourself, click here.
Research Fellow at the CAHS & Airways Museum
The honorary position of Research Fellow at the CAHS & Airways Museum has been created to recognise individuals who are conducting research into a specific topic in the history of civil aviation and who intend to use the Society’s archives as a principal reference source. You can download the full description and rules for this position here (.pdf document).
Research Fellows to date are:
The Civil Aviation Historical Societys Gift Fund is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient. Donations of $2 or more to the CAHS Gift Fund can be accepted in cash or by cheque and are claimable as a tax deduction (cheques need to be made out to the CAHS Gift Fund).
Postal address: Box 6, 20 English St, Essendon Airport, Victoria 3041
President: Roger Meyer. Ph: (03) 9818 4950 (h)
'Webmaster': Phil Vabre or (03) 9432 9287 (h)
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In addition to material from the Museum and CAHS archives, contributions have been gratefully received from many people including Roger Meyer, Brian Wise, John Waldron, Geoff Goodall, John Hopton, John M. Smith, Mac Job, Roger McDonald, Dr Leigh Edmonds, Richard Hitchins, Ern Mainka, Ed Coates, Ron Cuskelly, Fred Niven, David Eyre, George Canciani, Richard and Barry Maclean, Gordon Reid, Ben Dannecker and Dietrich Eggert.
Any errors on this site are the responsibility of Phil Vabre. Contributions and/or corrections from visitors are very welcome.