Welcome to the Tasmanian Aviation Historical Society

Tasmania has a rich aviation history, for example: 

  • The first flight across Bass Strait occurred in 1919.
  • The first flight from Sydney arrived in 1921
  • Sir Hudson Fysh, the co-founder of Qantas was born in Launceston.
  • Harold Gatty, the navigator on the first flight around the world and  founder of Fiji Airways was from Campbell Town.
  • The Holyman Family formed Australian National Airways (A.N.A.) which was the 9th largest airline in the world in the 1940s.

The Tasmanian Aviation Historical Society (TAHS) is an incorporated society in Tasmania, whose objectives include:

  • To recognise, document and promote the aviation history of Tasmania
  • To investigate and publish historical items
  • Support other historical societies and parties who are supporting Tasmanian Aviation history

Interested in Tasmanian Aviation history?  – Please consider becoming a member

Miss Flinders VH-UEE on display at Launceston Airport - February 2021

VH-UEE “Miss Flinders”

We are the custodians of the Desoutter Monoplane “Miss Flinders”, which started regular commercial aviation in Tasmania in 1932. It is currently on display in the terminal at Launceston Airport. The story of this remarkable plane can be found here.

Our Newsletters and Publications

Our newsletters are here and research reports and other publications are presented here, or on the pages dedicated to a topic.

Quarterly Newsletters 

No 7: Spring 2021 Newsletter is now available here

“The Seagull on the Tamar” the 100th Anniversary of the first flight from Sydney to Tasmania Commemorative Newsletter is available here.

This commemorative newsletter tell the story of the flight which arrived in Launceston on the 20th of May 1921.

Additional information on the trip and the flying boat is presented on the Aircraft page.

Available from The TAHS Shop

These books are available from our Shop

The Forgotten Giant of Australian Aviation

From the pioneering days of civil aviation in Tasmania by Victor and Ivan Holyman, the book tells the full story of Australian National Airways.

Available here

The Flying Bug by Captain John E. Stanwix

A Complete Diary with photographs of pioneer Tasmanian Helicopter Pilot John Elson Stanwix (1932 – 2014)

Available here