Category Archives: History
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
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
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
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.
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
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