The launch of the 'Rouseabout' Avro-Avian plane G-AUHK on the 07 July 1928 in the Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney.

Anna Rouse is seen here preparing to launch a bottle of Australian wine to officially christen the plane, and her husband John Joseph (JJ) Rouse is standing alongside at her immediate right, holding a walking cane. Mr Rouse gave a speech at the launch.

Charles Kingsford-Smith is behind her to immediate right of Mr Rouse, and Charles Ulm is at right of Kingsford-Smith. Capt. G.F. Hughes might be the man at far left.

This plane was donated by JJ Rouse to the Australian Aero Club in New South Wales. According to media sources at the time, the first official flight of the Rouseabout was piloted by Squadron Leader (Charles) Kingsford-Smith and Rouse's married daughter Winifred Crane was passenger.

John Joseph (JJ) Rouse was a co-founder of Baker & Rouse and later was a founding managing director of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd.

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Crowd of men and women gathered at back of plane, with woman stretching out a large slingshot device on 4 splayed legs with a bottle of wine tied on. The plane has writing on the side reading: 'THE/ ROUSEABOUT / Presented to / The AUSTRALIAN AERO CLUB N.S.W / SECTION / By J.J. ROUSE ESQ.'

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Digital file. Digital copy of an original photograph. Original photograph was black and white, landscape orientation, with white border.

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