Category Archives: Significance

The Royal Daimler is a Canberra Treasure

The Royal Daimler has been classified as a Canberra treasure in a new book by Betty Churcher, ex Director of the National Gallery of Australia, and artist Lucy Quinn. The book I am referring to is called Treasures of Canberra … Continue reading

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Fit for a king, a queen and maybe a prince!

News today that William, Kate and George might be heading to Australia to next year. news link Did you know that the Royal Daimler in the Museum’s collection was originally painted in the little prince’s great grandfather, King George’s, colours? … 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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A long-lost relative

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

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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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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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