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
Royal Automobile Club of Australia Motoring Gala Dinner
7:00pm, Wednesday 3 July 2013, Macquarie Street Sydney
The Royal Automobile Club of Australia invites you to join members and guests to celebrate Australia’s rich motoring history with leaders of motoring clubs and the motoring industry.
Celebrated motoring journalist Mr David Berthon and Dr Guy Hansen, Head Curator, National Museum of Australia will be the evening’s guest speakers.
The evening will include fundraising activities in support of the National Museum of Australia’s Royal Daimler Project. A range of fabulous prizes will be auctioned and raffled, with all funds raised on the night going towards the conservation of the 1948 Daimler used during the first Australian Royal Tour of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.
Join us for a wonderful evening amongst old friends and new!
When: 3 July 2013
Where: The Macquarie Room, Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW
Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm
Price: $118 per person or $1070 for table of ten
RSVP: To Katie at (02) 8273 2320 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Daimler event at the National Museum of Australia
Royal Automobile Club of Australia (RACA) to host annual dinner and raise funds for the Royal Daimler Project. Continue reading
Below you can see four additional petrol caps are used to illustrate the type of effect you would get from each treatment. Continue reading
When conservators are treating objects, including large technology objects, they aim to preserve as much of the original as possible. This is different from the approach of restoration, which might replace original materials, for instance paint surfaces, and would aim to make the object look brand new. In the past, this has been the approach of car restorers.
QUESTIONS: Continue reading
Our large technology conservation team, led by Ainslie Greiner, is delighted with the positive visitor response to the Museum Workshop: the art, science and craft of the conservator exhibition. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Since the body was lifted off the chassis on 18th November, the conservators have been busy. The engine and transmission have been removed and the engine dismantled. Conservators knew there was a problem with the crankshaft, but have been delighted to find that most of the engine looks to be in good condition and can be reused. At this stage we are hoping that there will be no need to dismantle the transmission. The brakes and the chassis are also in good condition.