Paint and Project Planning

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

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Royal Automobile Club of Australia Gala Dinner

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

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Royal Car on the ABC

The National Museum’s Royal Daimler has made it on television. Continue reading

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Queen’s Birthday Honours

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

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Book your tickets

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 katie@raca.com.au

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Gala Dinner for Daimler

Daimler event at the National Museum of Australia

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

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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. Continue reading

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Here is a challenge for you: Conservation not restoration

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

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Royal Daimler returns to Mitchell

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

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Seventy years in one family

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

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