After a life in Australia as VH-BCX from 31-12-1953 it was cancelled as exported to NZ on 12-10-1999 for Guy Clapshaw.
It went down to Mandeville to Croydon Aircraft Company and was rebuilt as a Vega Gull and became ZK-DPP2 on 21-11-2006 - which I believe was also the date of its first flight from Mandeville
It gained a mention in Classic Wings Magazine in Vol 14 #4 2007, and also features in NZ Aviation News Magazine Dec/Jan 2008 page 20.
I received the following photographs courtesy of Guy Clapshaw via Jean210 last Tuesday. Also received was a video clip of ZK-DPP landing at Ardmore. But for reasons unknown I cannot load it onto this blog - So I have have decided to run without it in the meantime."ZK-DPP finally landed at Ardmore on the evening of Saturday 2nd July, 2011, just before sunset after a restoration period of 11 years and 10 days. The same aircraft had originally departed Southend, Essex, in 1953, reaching NZ yesterday (Saturday, 2nd July, 2011), claiming a half way round the globe record of 59 years."