John Joseph (JJ) Rouse and a group of other representatives at the launch of the 'Rouseabout' Avro-Avian plane G-AUHK on the 07 July 1928 in the Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney.

Pictured, left to right: Flight Lieutenant Charles Ulm, Mr J J Rouse, unknown, Charles Kingsford-Smith, unknown. Either the 3rd or 5th man from left is thought to be Capt. G.F. Hughes.

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. Mr Rouse gave a speech and his wife Anna Rouse christened the plane with a bottle of Australian wine.

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

Description of Content

Five men posing for a photograph next to a propeller biplane. A building is in the background, and a crowd of men and women are seated in a ring behind the plane. Many of the women are wearing fur coats and hats. The second and fourth men from the left wear winter coats while the man at far right holds a coat and hat. Man at far left holds a cigarette in his hand and the second from left man wears a bowler hat.

Physical Description

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

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Kodak Heritage Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Images & Image Making, Transport, Leisure

  • Place & Date Depicted

    Mascot, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 07 Jul 1928
    Sydney Morning Herald, 9 July 1928, p.12. GIFT AVRO (1928, July 8). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from

  • Person Depicted

    Mr John J. Rouse - Kodak Australasia Limited, Mascot, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 07 Jul 1928

  • Person Depicted

    Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, 07 Jul 1928

  • Photographer

    Mr Albert J. Perier - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, 7 July 1928
    Mr AJ Perier was a long time Kodak employee of Mr Rouse's in Sydney. See SLNSW collection which holds some identical images of this event attributed to Mr Perier including this same image. See 'Charlie Ulm, Charles Kingsford-Smith, (J.J. Rouse?) & others in front of Avro Avian G-AUHK (nicknamed "The Rouseabout) during its presentation to the Australian Aero Club. It was presented by J.J. Rouse, manager of Kodak & the employer of A.J. Perier'. Reference Code DCL193748. Call Number ON 5/Item 158.

  • Individuals Identified

    Ulm, Charles (Flight Lieutenant); Rouse, John Joseph (JJ); Kingsford-Smith, Charles; Hughes, Geoffrey Forrest (Captain)

  • Format

    Digital Photograph, Black & White

  • Classification

    Air transport, Aircraft, Propeller aircraft

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Type of item


  • References

    General references - Sydney Morning Herald, 9 July 1928, p.12. and Brisbane Courier, Monday 9th July 1928, p.15. Possibly the same image as SLNSWL Charles Ulm, Charles Kingsford Smith, J.J. Rouse, Capt. G.F. Hughes (?) and another man in front of Avro Avian G-AUHK, The Rouseabout, Mascot. Home and Away - 34158 but this is not digitised online so can't be sure of this. It has not been possible to confidently identify Capt GF Hughes anywhere but these references were used. [Link 1] The Red Baron: A History in Pictures By Norman Franks, accessed on google books 11 August 2020. SLNSW: 'The Duke of York, in captain's uniform, meets decorated officer of the Flying Corps, Geoffrey F. Hughes'; Call number: Home and Away - 6623. IE number: IE1262021.

  • Keywords

    Aeroplanes, Ceremonies, Charity Functions, Aviation, Pilots