Chassis number on original brass plate
A long hard day for our team in Mitchell led to some exciting news when the chassis number was revealed.
The process involved location and lubrication of the fastening bolts before removal. The bolts at the rear of the guard were hidden underneath the body coach work and required particularly careful extraction. The front bumper bar also had to be removed to allow the guard to be moved forward to free it from the body.
On a warm sunny autumn day in Canberra outside the National Museum of Australia’s storage repository in Mitchell, the conservation team gave the Daimler a high pressure hot wash to remove heavy accretions of dirt and road debris from the undercarriage. Prior to the wash, ‘truck wash’ and degreaser were applied to all surfaces.
As part of our conservation treatment, we have begun work on the body of the Daimler to remove internal carpets, floor panels and seats.
In the pictures below, you can see that we have had some interesting finds.
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 II’s first visit in 1954, and whether the nation has fallen out of love since.
It is incredible to see the effort that went into the 1954 Royal Tour.
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As a project for conservation students from the University of Canberra we cleaned and prepared the eight spare pistons and rods for storage till later in the project.
The next five photos show the condition of the assembly prior to cleaning.
After 48 hours in a plastic tent the Daimler looks quite unreal.
Peter from the Daimler and Lanchester Owners Club Australia sent through his own photo of a travelling Daimler. Peter says “I happened to see the photo of the DE 36 in the truck and thought I should send you one of my own all boxed up ready to go to England. If everything went to plan it sailed out of Sydney Harbour today sometime (9 May). Back in late August”.
Off to join the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in England I beleive, lucky car!
Peter's DE 36 in container
Arrivals are also exciting as you get to show others in the organisation what all the fuss has been about.
As the doors go up on the trailer the beast emerges.
Object pick ups are always a bit exciting and a bit sad. Someone is always losing a piece of history to the national collection – and the nation is gaining a story.
The 15th of November 2009 was no different. We had an early morning start to meet the owner and a specialist in transportation for the car and the spare engine bits.
Clean and waiting for transport to arrive.
The car was clean and the tyres pumped up ready for the trip to Canberra.
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 in the first place offset the need to impress the Queen with more fashionable vehicles?