Guide to the Collection of Ansett Ephemera [JHL 016]

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Manuscript Name Collection of Ansett Ephemera
Manuscript Number JHL 016
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 2 folders
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Ephemera relating to Ansett Australia

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection comprises ephemera relating to Ansett Australia.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

The Ansett Australia airline group collapsed in September 2001 leaving 16,000 people without jobs. Founded in 1935 as Ansett Airways, the company was Australia’s second major airline for much of its existence.

Purchased by Air New Zealand in 2000, Ansett soon faced severe financial challenges including greater competition from Qantas and the new Virgin Blue. Three days after ‘9/11’, the airline and its subsidiaries were grounded by the company’s administrator. More than 47,000 passengers were stranded, Ansett staff rallied against Air New Zealand which was financially rescued by the New Zealand government. Limited Ansett services resumed on 1 October following a Commonwealth guarantee with an agreement that businessmen Solomon Lew and Lindsay Fox would purchase Ansett’s assets. They later withdrew when the Howard government declined to assist.

Ansett ceased flying on 4 March 2002 and the company’s assets were sold. Ansett employees eventually received 96 per cent of their entitlements. The Government did provide a A$350 million loan which was repaid by the airline’s administrators while a $10 seat levy was imposed on all Australian airline passengers until June 2003.

Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: The permission of The Howard Library Director is required to access this collection. 

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved. 

Preferred Citation

Collection of Ansett Ephemera, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, JHL 016, Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired by The Howard Library in 2018.

Subject Keywords


Business, Ansett Australia, airline

Container List

Folder 1

Ansett Australia 3AW talk radio with Collingwood Football Club sticker on the front with headphones in original box [on display at The Howard Library]

Set of playing cards issued by Ansett Australia in original box [on display at The Howard Library]

Ansett Australia "Safety on Board" card for A320. Laminated with illustrations of safety procedures [on display at The Howard Library]

Folder 2

Set of hot/cold disposable towels from Ansett Australia. Packed in 2001 [on display at The Howard Library]

Luggage tag from Ansett golden wing. With the words "Valid thru November 1991. If found please return to your nearest Ansett office" with leather strap [x2]

Ansett Australia rewards card

Ticket for a return flight to Canberra dated 13 February 1990. Together with it are the two boarding passes for Flights AN356 and AN357.