Category Archives: History

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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Goods no longer required

After news of the cancellation of the 1949 royal tour reached Australia, the Chifley government was now faced with the unenviable prospect of redirecting the final stages of planning for the tour – street displays, infrastructure, souvenir production and transport. … Continue reading

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King George’s visit cancelled!

This photograph of the Australian government’s completed order of Daimler cars, possibly taken by a proud factory employee in November 1948, is rendered all the more poignant in light of what happened next.

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The Museum mag features the Royal Daimler

The National Museum’s beautiful new magazine, the Museum, features a great article on the Royal Daimler.  Did you know that it is estimated 75% of Australians came out to see the Queen during her 1954 Tour?  That’s pulling power!  The mag … Continue reading

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A Royal commission

A little while ago, the Museum was lucky to acquire some archival material which sheds some more light on our Daimler’s early years.  Thanks to a vigilant enthusiast who alerted me when it came on the market last year, we were able to get … Continue reading

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Why Daimler?

In contrast to the anonymous black 4WD used to whisk the Queen around Australia during her most recent visit, this unwieldy and attention-grabbing Daimler must seem rather a curious choice of royal transport. I can’t be sure why the Australian … Continue reading

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