Bought by Ansett Transport Industries from JAL in 1963 and placed into service with subsidiary Airlines of NSW. In 1965 it was selected for conversion to a Carvair. Australian authorities insisted Australian Carvairs had to be converted from DC-4s, not the lighter C-54s. By the time Ansett ordered its third Carvair (VH-INM), this requirement had been dropped.
VH-ELH in the small hangar attached to Flight Facilities that was the base for Helicopter Utilities. Flight Facilities was Sydney Airport's GA terminal and was also used by RAAF VIP flights until terrorism concerns forced them to a more secure part of the airport.
A77-878 was sent to Forest Hill as an instructional aircraft in 1958 and later used as a recruiting aid. Its undercarriage and then its wings were removed over the years. The fuselage now at RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre.
The crossed UK and French flags represent the unique status of New Hebrides as a jointly ruled Anglo-French condominium that finally ended on independence in 1980 and the birth of Vanuatu. With no New Hebrides register, the Drover initially carried Fijian registration. In June 1966 -FED became VP-PAD when New Hebrides got its own block within the British Colonial system. It crashed at Tannu Island on October 22, 1966 with the loss of eight lives.