Ian Harvie is an Australian antiquer, who together with his son Don are active in the Australian antique scene. Travis Gregory, owner of "Cousin Eddie", an Aeronca Chief, says that Don has a beautiful Auster and Ian has a remarkable Chief that is "tanked up for long distances". His cross countries seem to be Sydney to Perth!
The Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia is obviously what it stands for, but more than that, they are great bunch of people.
Now in the old days Australia would "only buy British" It was actually a law and you had to get permission to import say from the States. Well up till the early fifties most of the aircraft were of course British. So you had all the Dehavilland products, Austers, Proctors, Miles, Avro, etc. Also although from Canada there was the Chipmunk.
Well the most common light aircraft of course were the Austers and Tiger Moths, and although the Air Force never used them, there were a lot of Chipmunks brought in.
So the regular fly ins throughout the year were of course the Auster Rally, Chipmunk fly in etc. Now we have a "Short Wing Piper" fly in as well as the Spring fly in and annual AAAA get together.
The Auster 180 is a civilianized version of the military Mk5 and has a 180 Lyc. It won "Best Auster" but was a professional restoration. The Red Auster VH-KBK was one I rebuilt some years ago, and has won Best Auster twice before.
I think I mentioned that I won the "Honorary Auster" with my Chief, which I also won a few years ago. Ian