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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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Last days in Museum Workshop

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. 

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Uncle Elmer bought the Queen’s car

 I recieved this interesting story from a Project donor this week.  I wonder which of the Queen’s cars he sat in?  Continue reading

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Wiring diagrams

The Victorian Daimler Owners Club kindly sent some wiring diagrams for the DE 36 landaulette. These will help our conservators immensely when they start  work on the electrics of the vehicle.   Continue reading

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Another milestone for the Royal Daimler Project

Our web team have added some wonderful photos of the Royal Daimler “lift” to the Museum Workshop exhibition website.

On the 18th November the conservation team seperated the body of the vehicle from its chassis in front of a packed gallery.

Lots of photos and details at http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/museum_workshop/large_technology_lab/daimler_lift_and_tour

Enjoy!

Conservators at work with special guests looking on

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