A Virtual Concourse D’elegance for the Museum’s Royal Daimler
Spin Canberra's Weekend on Wheels
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 Royal Daimler has been completely disassembled by our expert conservation staff in order to bring her back to her former glory. The Museum aims to raise $60,000 by July next year in order to help with this major conservation project and make the Royal Daimler fit for a queen again. Continue reading
Ian Stewart spray painting the Royal Daimler chassis decked out in his PPE
The Daimler chassis that has been a major presence in the Large Technology lab over the past few months has been moved to another Museum site for painting now that it has been repaired. The painting will be done on the forecourt of one of the stores inside a specially constructed tent, with the team decked out in their personal protective equipment (PPE). Our investigations and helpful information from UK and Australia established that the chassis would have been gloss black; and so it will be once more. Continue reading
Centenary of Canberra Heritage Car Rally
Three weeks to go till the Centenary of Canberra Car Rally. This unique event, organised by the National Trust in the ACT, includes a scenic drive from Jervis Bay/Nowra to Canberra on Saturday 19 October and a motorcade along Northbourne Avenue finishing on the lawns of Old Parliament House on Sunday 20 October. Continue reading
Treasures of Canberra by Betty Churcher and Lucy Quinn
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 and has been produced to commemorate the Centenary of Canberra. Last night I was at an inspiring talk by Betty and Lucy where they spoke about their new book and the many treasures that it features. Continue reading
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? The Daimler was purchased and prepared for His Majesty’s 1949 Royal Tour, but King George never made that journey. The car was then prepared for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 1954 Royal Tour , and painted over in Her royal colours. All this historic detail is visible on the car.
Help us restore the 1948 Royal Daimler and make it fit for a king, a queen, or prince again! Visit www.nma.gov.au/support_us to make a donation.
Monica Lindemann, Peter Dechaineux, Vick Humphrey
On 8 August, Vicki Humphrey, Head of Conservation, and I were invited by the MG Car Club of Canberra to give a presentation on the Museum’s conservation work and the Royal Daimler Project.
We were warmly welcomed by club President Peter Dechaineux and approximately 30 members. Vicki kicked off the evening by demonstrating her motoring bone fides with wonderful photos of herself and the various historic cars in her life, including an SS100, a Riley Imp and a 1934 Singer Le Mans. Not a bad line up for a paper conservator! Continue reading
After the excitement of the RACA dinner we are now back into practicalities.
Vicki Humphrey is working with the National Museum’s three conservation labs to coordinate the work on the different components of the vehicle. While the bulk of the work will be carried out by the Large Technology team, there is no denying that there are challenges and considerable work ahead for the Textiles team, who will be treating the upholstery and the textile fittings.
The rich interior presents a number of challenges for the textiles conservators.
The Objects conservators will focusing on the timber interiors and the instrument panel. The Daimler is not the only project the Conservation section has to work on and so the order in which we carry out the work has to take into consideration the optimum workflows for the Daimler itself and the availability of expertise within the relatively small conservation section. Planning becomes very important. Continue reading
We are very excited about our collaboration with the Royal Automobile Club of Australia, (RACA), in Sydney, who held a motoring gala dinner on 3 July to celebrate Australian motoring history.
This red carpet event had it all; fine dining, car enthusiasts, cars on red carpet and lots of support for the National Museum’s Royal Daimler Project. Continue reading
The National Museum’s Royal Daimler has made it on television. Continue reading
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second 1954 by William Dargie
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 the Queen’s first Royal visit to Australia in 1954. A stately DE 36hp Daimler landaulette was used by Queen Elizabeth II during this iconic Royal Tour.
The Royal Daimler is being restored to bring the car back to its former glory in time to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s first Royal Tour in 2014.
More information about the Royal Daimler Car
More information about Sir William Dargie’s 1954 portrait of the Queen