Papers formally establishing Qantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited) are signed in the Gresham Hotel, Brisbane. The company, based in Winton, is registered with McMaster as Chairman.
McGinness and McMaster –a wealthy grazier — become friends when McGinness fixes McMaster’ car when it breaks an axle in a riverbed. Back in Brisbane, McGinness and Fysh tell McMaster about their plans for an air service, beginning with joy rides and air taxi trips. McMaster convinces business acquaintances to invest with them. With their former flight sergeant Arthur Baird as aircraft mechanic, Fysh and McGinness order two Avro 504K aircraft at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney in the name of The Western Queensland Auto Aero Service Limited.
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