Category Archives: History

Royal Car on the ABC

The National Museum’s Royal Daimler has made it on television.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to all the recipients of the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards. The image displayed is Sir William Dargie’s ‘wattle painting’ of Queen Elizabeth II. This image is part of the National Musuem’s collection and was painted in honour of … Continue reading

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What does our Conservation team think: conservation not restoration

Below you can see four additional petrol caps are used to illustrate the type of effect you would get from each treatment.

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Seventy years in one family

We had news from another distant relation last week, when the owner of a beautiful 1934 Humber Pullman got in touch after coming across this blog.

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Uncle Elmer bought the Queen’s car

 I recieved this interesting story from a Project donor this week.  I wonder which of the Queen’s cars he sat in? 

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A long-lost relative

   Last week, we were able to complete another small piece of the Daimler history puzzle…

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Visiting the Museum Library

Sometimes I feel a little spoilt working at the Museum with so much interesting information right at my fingertips. In my bid to find out more about the Royal Tour, I visited the Museum Library. This is an incredible resource, … Continue reading

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The Governor’s splendid acquisition

 In researching our Daimler’s lengthy past, I was not the least bit surprised to discover that the car’s ceremonial duties did not cease with the completion of Queen Elizabeth’s royal tour in 1954. After all, in the aftermath of the … Continue reading

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Facts and figures from the 1954 Royal Tour

As I have just joined the Museum, I have been exploring and discovering the interesting facts about the 1954 Royal Tour and this majestic Daimler. In 2004, we held an exhibition called Royal Romance that examined Australia’s passionate response to Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Here she comes!

It wasn’t until February 1954 that the newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth eventually stepped onto Australian soil. Although by now almost six years old, the four Daimlers languishing in storage were recalled for duty. Perhaps we can assume that the huge cost of acquiring them … Continue reading

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