“Life at sea in those far off days was a very different proposition from what it is now. There were no Navigation Acts or Trades Hall maxims for “the men who go down to the sea in ships.” Once on the high seas the captain was master of the world. His lightest word was stern law often enforced by order of the boot or a marlin spike or a rope’s end, whichever was handiest. It was a hard life but it produced the British sailor the cream of all who sail the seven seas.
“Sea-faring men have a habit of looking ahead. Perhaps the habit is acquired from long tricks at the while and forepeak. Looking well ahead, the Holyman executive realised that whatever may be said, or thought, aerial transportation is even now a definite and practical business proposition. So they purchased two De Haviland planes illustrated below. With these they propose to inaugurate an air services under the person supervision of Captain Victor Holyman, senior air pilot. He was the son of Captain William Holyman jun.”
POST 1932 - AVIATION
The company, Australian National Airways, commenced operations in 1936, being then formed by Holyman Airways and Adelaide Airways with the simultaneous purchase by them of West Australian Airways.
At this time, the ANA route covered Sydney to Perth via the intermediate ports and Melbourne to Tasmania. In the first year of its operation ANA carried approximately 32,000 passengers as well as freight. 
In 1945, ANA commenced trans-Pacific services to the US and Canada. This entailed refuelling stops at the following locations: 
• Sydney to Suva (3,380 km)
• Suva to Canton Island (2,050 km)
• Canton Island to Honolulu (3,058 km)
• Honolulu to San Francisco (3,891 km)
In 1948, ANA sought to expand its operations to air services to London via the US and South America. However, the Australian Government rejected its application on the premises that it would not endorse any other airline but its own for international air travel. 
By the early 1950s, ANA was one of the leading airlines in Australia. At this time, its managing director, Captain Ivan Holyman, had guided the airline’s development over several decades, since his older brother, Victor, was tragically killed during a flight across the Bass Strait in 1934. 
When Ivan Holyman died in 1957, the shareholders offered to sell out to the Australian Government in order that ANA merge with TAA and some smaller airlines. The Government declined. 
By this time, the ANA board began a serious conversation with Ansett. The two airlines merged to form Ansett-ANA and this name was retained until 1968 when the airline was renamed Ansett Airline of Australia.
 The Courier Mail (Queensland) 24 May 1948 page 2
 Melbourne Herald, 28 November 1945
 Melbourne Herald, 3 March 1948 page 3
 Nambour Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser, 25 September 1953 page 7
 J R Grant, A False Dawn, Australian National Airways Air Enthusiast magazine article July-August 1997 No 70 page 22
Holyman's Shipping Service, Weekly Courier 1932. "From the one small ketch Cousens used in 1850, the business has developed to such dimensions that nine steamers have now to be utilised to cope with the still steadily growing business."
Holyman's offices at Ulverstone and Stanley. Weekly Courier 1932. There were other offices including Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, Melbourne and Adelaide.
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