Category Archives: History

The Australian Six

The ‘Australian Six’ is a new acquisition by the National Museum of Australia. This elegant vehicle represents one of the earliest attempts to establish an automotive manufacturing industry in Australia. In the wake of the First World War and amid … Continue reading

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Joan Richmond

This is for all those girls who are into fast cars! In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are presenting this story about the Australian racing car driver Joan Richmond who was at her peak on the international racing circuit … Continue reading

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When the Queen came to town

This year, 2014, marks 60 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s first visit to Australia as the young reigning monarch. About 75 per cent of Australia’s population caught a glimpse of the newly-crowned Queen on her 1954 Royal tour. … Continue reading

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Riding in Style

On the 13th February, I had the good fortune to visit the Coventry Transport Museum to see the Daimler de36 Landaulette in their collection. Many thanks to Stuart Wilkinson, the Chairman of the Transport for organising the visit, driving me … Continue reading

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Remembering the 1954 Royal Tour

In February, 60 years ago, HRH, Queen Elizabeth II, came to Australia. It was 1954, a mere five months after her coronation and the first tour by a reigning monarch. The Queen’s Royal visit was a two-month journey across Australia. … Continue reading

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A Gem from our Archive

Risk Management was alive and well in 1948 during the manufacture of the Daimler….. it was just expressed a bit differently as can be seen from this charming memo from Hooper & Co (Coachbuilders) Ltd.

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What is it?..and why does it affect our treatment approach?

This strange looking object is just one part of the Daimler that represents the balance of pure conservation and minor restoration that will be characteristic of the work we are doing. In many discussions with visitors and on our blog … Continue reading

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the ‘olden Holden

Footballs, Meat pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars. A salute to the early years of Holden construction in Australia.

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Car rally fashions on the field

It was my pleasure to be one of the judges at the Centenary of Canberra Car Rally for the fashion on the field parade along with Nathan and Mel from Librarian Chic. It was a tough decision picking the overall … Continue reading

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Spinning with the Royal Daimler

A Virtual Concourse D’elegance for the Museum’s Royal Daimler This Sunday, 20 October, the National Museum of Australia’s Royal Daimler will make a virtual appearance at the Centenary of Canberra Car Rally on the lawns of Old Parliament House. The … Continue reading

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