A4 unidentified aircraft.
I have been sent this picture, and the number seems to be A4-11.
It seems unlikely that the picture below is of a Sopwith Pup, because the A4-11 pup was supposedly destroyed in 1922, see http://www.adf-serials.com/ - extract below
Shipped on SS Barambah 24/12/18
from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19 and ready for inspection at CFS ARS
And there is no evidence of Pups ever having been seaplanes.
The second series A-4 title was first allocated to the single Tugan Gannet which was briefly in the RAAF in 1935 as A4-1, but it was not a seaplane and I think it was destroyed in a crash in bushland. See this article, originally http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/131760/20120120-0944/www.nla.gov.au/pub/nlanews/2007/oct07/story-2.pdf
Seaplanes which could have been in Point Cook in 1936 include the Seagulls (A2, second series), that are listed in A2 - Supermarine Walrus on http://www.adf-serials.com/ but no crash lis listed on this site that corresponds to the information we have about the picture, which is this:
Email received Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM from Ada Ackerly, secretary of the Williamstown (Victoria) Historical Society Inc.
A few days ago I discovered an envelope in the back of a cupboard at our museum. We are sorting 60 years of documents and photos, in boxes, plastic bags, stowed in drawers and cupboards etc to ready them for digitisation and/or copying.
This envelope contained a set, not of acetate negatives, but PAPER negatives, all marked 1936.
I scanned and photo-shopped these into positives and found two images, taken at a Ports and Harbours pier at Williamstown, with a work barge tied up to the pier, unloading something to be put on a wheeled flat tray on the pier. The gantry's ropes had become tangled and the tackle appeared to be fouled.
We first thought it was a flat item on the end of the rope, but increasing the contrast, etc and enlarging up mamy times, we got an A4 print of a part of the original photo about the size of a 5 cent piece.
We believe what is being winched out of the work barge is the tail part of a plane with folded over rudder. On the tail piece rudder appears "A4-11" The year of the photo, as I said, is 1936.
I checked newspapers on
"Trove" internet site and found the following:
"Wednesday 3rd of June Yesterday an airforce seaplane crashed into the sea at Altona. The pilot waded ashore unhurt"
Another of the paper negatives showed what I believe may be an RAAF crash or rescue boat with airforce insignia on the bow, tied up at the Gem Pier at Williamstown, again, dated 1936. A co-incidence? Taken with the same paper negatives. I believe the photographer was experimenting with a roll of sensitized paper in his camera instead of film, so all taken in the same timespan in 1936.
Here are Adas photos:
An enlarged section from the above picture is printed at the top of this page.
The crash boat: