Fanfare needed! The Daimler is running … and it purrs

We have been wanting to tell you about this for a while … but even better … you can now see it for yourselves.

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Still here and wishing you all the best for the Christmas and New Year holidays

The Daimler project has been a bit silent recently. I would like to say we have been working on being mysterious but that would be only part of the story. As you know we work on a lot of different objects and we have had to give the Paddle Steamer Enterprise a lot of TLC lately. We are also proud to report that the National Museum’s Model T Ford Truck – the Aeroplane Jelly truck – is now on display in Canberra airport. And it is getting a lot of visitors. Continue reading

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Testing Testing

National Museum of Australia Royal Daimler project

Ken Houlahan and Ian Stewart securing the starter motor to the engine.

Shortly after the installation of the engine’s crankshaft, the team here at the National Museum got busy bolting on the auxiliary engine components with the aim of reuniting the vehicle’s engine to the newly treated chassis.

But before the engine is installed, we need to carry out a few leak tests and pressure tests.

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Mixed Feelings and a Very Big Engine

It's a big engine - ready to be fitted into the chassis.


It was with both a sense of regret and considerable excitement, that the Large Technology team completed the assembly of the motor for the Daimler. Continue reading

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New Year, New Conservator, Forward Planning

Nathan Pharaoh, Large Technology Conservator and Prue Castles, Senior Objects Conservator examining damaged areas of paint on the Daimler body

Happy New Year.

Work is continuing on the Royal Daimler and we are hoping to provide more updates in the coming weeks. We have made progress with the engine and more detailed planning for work on the body is gearing up. Continue reading

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The Queen is in town

When the Queen Came to Town, poster

When the Queen Came to Town, poster

It was 1954, post depression, post World War II and the visit of the young and beautiful Queen Elizabeth transfixed the nation. Continue reading

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Testing, testing

Crankshaft test fit.


The much-awaited test fit of the crankshaft has happened. Ian Stewart has fitted it, checked and blueprinted the bearing oil clearances and the thrust clearance. All clearances have been set to standard Daimler specifications. The new main bearing has been line bored to suit these specifications. Continue reading

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A bit like Christmas

There was much excitement amongst the Daimler team when a large package arrived from Crankshaft Rebuilders – a bit like kids on Christmas morning. Continue reading

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More love for the Royal Daimler

Merv McDonald and Vicki Humphrey

Donation from DLOCCA for the Royal Daimler

The Royal Daimler Project might be over but the work and interest in car continues.

It was great to see so many members of the Daimler SP250 group at the Museum on Saturday. Travelling to Canberra from various parts of the east coast of NSW, all arrived to the Museums’ offsite campus in Mitchell to see the Museum’s Royal Daimler car.

The SP250 is a V8 sports model produced by Daimler between 1959 and 1964. According to Alan Hunt’s article in the book Travelling in Style Daimler and Lanchester and Australia, over one hundred SP250’s were imported into Australia. Continue reading

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Farewell to the Royal Daimler

A close up of the Royal Daimler chassis

A close up of the Royal Daimler chassis

The Royal Daimler has left the building!

After a short sojourn in the Museum’s Hall, today the Royal Daimler returned to the offsite conservation lab for ongoing work. Continue reading

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