I recieved this interesting story from a Project donor this week. I wonder which of the Queen’s cars he sat in?
The year was 1955, a year after the Queen’s visit. I was 7 years old living in Adelaide.
Uncle Elmer (not my real uncle) was a large, reserved man. Having recently arrived in Australia, he enlisted in the Australian Army (RAEME).
It was Sunday and my parents, my sister and I drove in our FJ Holden down to the Port Road where Uncle Elmer had a garage. Amongst the VWs was an imposing black car, a Daimler. Uncle Elmer had bought the Queen’s car!
I was invited to sit in the front but declined. Eventually I was coaxed into the back seat. A large glass pane separated the front and rear compartments. The most obvious accessory was a microphone, and I was puzzled as to why the Queen would want to talk into a microphone.
Monday morning came and off I went to Linden Park Primary School where I was in Grade 2. We had to write a ‘composition’ on our weekends activities. I was so excited! I could write about being in the Queen’s car. The composition was marked 2/10. “You shouldn’t tell lies” was the comment.
A bullet was lodged in the windscreen, perhaps to confirm the structural strength of the glass. I wonder if it is still there?