Wooden wire-braced rear fuselage section of a Sopwith-type biplane built by Basil Watson at his parent's home at Brighton, Victoria in 1916. Watson has formerly been a test pilot with the Sopwith Aviation Co in the UK before being injured in a crash. He flew the first official Australian air mail between Mt Gambier and Melbourne on 15 February 1917 but was killed on 28 March 1917 when his biplane broke up in flight near Point Cook, Victoria. This section of rear fuselage is believed to have come from the aircraft in which he was killed. It was donated to the Museum in 1919 by Watson's father.

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Wooden wire-braced rear fuselage section.

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