condition, Conservation, Fundraising campaign, treatment

Interview with the conservators

by Catrina Vignando on 28 March, 2014

The Royal Daimler Project is speeding along and we are getting close to our fundraising finishing line.

We have developed a video documenting some of the work we have been doing with the support we have received from members of the public. This video includes interviews with the National Museums’ automotive engineers and conservators and gives a sense of the work involved in bringing the Royal Daimler back to its former glory. Continue reading “Interview with the conservators”

Conservation, Fundraising campaign, Uncategorized

Rolling out the royal cars

by Catrina Vignando on 6 March, 2014

RACA members at the NMA

The dust covers came off, the conservation team were on hand and the engines came to life at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Continue reading “Rolling out the royal cars”

Fundraising campaign, History, Memories

Remembering the 1954 Royal Tour

by Catrina Vignando on 18 February, 2014

Welcome to our Royal Visitors 1954, Perth

In February, 60 years ago, HRH, Queen Elizabeth II, came to Australia. It was 1954, a mere five months after her coronation and the first tour by a reigning monarch.

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Fundraising campaign, History, Memories

Car rally fashions on the field

by Catrina Vignando on 4 November, 2013

The overall winners with their Isetta and the judges

It was my pleasure to be one of the judges at the Centenary of Canberra Car Rally for the fashion on the field parade along with Nathan and Mel from Librarian Chic.

It was a tough decision picking the overall winners. Many wonderful entrants dressed in period costume to match their cars.

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Fundraising campaign, Memories

Royal Daimler at the Car Rally

by Catrina Vignando on 4 November, 2013

Chris, Laster and Kathi at the NMA Stand

The Centenary of Canberra Car Rally was a great outing for the Museum’s Royal Daimler Project. On Sunday 20 October Chris, Laster, Kathi and I were on the lawns of Old Parliament House with the virtual Royal Daimler, our mascot – the waiving Queen, and lots of National Museum enthusiasm, balloons and lollipops.

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Conservation, Fundraising campaign, Memories, Uncategorized

Visiting the Royal Daimler

by Catrina Vignando on 29 October, 2013

Daimler car club in Canberra

There were some very beautiful Daimlers parked at Mitchell recently when members of the Daimler & Lanchester Owners Car Club of Australia, DLOCCA, were in Canberra to visit the National Museum’s grand dame, the Royal Daimler. See more pictures below.

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Conservation, Fundraising campaign, History

Spinning with the Royal Daimler

by Catrina Vignando on 17 October, 2013

Spin Canberra’s Weekend on Wheels

A Virtual Concourse D’elegance for the Museum’s Royal Daimler
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. Continue reading “Spinning with the Royal Daimler”

Fundraising campaign, History, Memories

Once in a hundred year event

by Catrina Vignando on 2 October, 2013

FX Holden, Holden Protoype Car No1. 1946

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 “Once in a hundred year event”

Fundraising campaign, History, Memories, Significance

Fit for a king, a queen and maybe a prince!

by Monica Lindemann on 16 August, 2013

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? Continue reading “Fit for a king, a queen and maybe a prince!”

Conservation, Fundraising campaign

Project team visit the MG Club of Canberra

by Monica Lindemann on 12 August, 2013

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. Continue reading “Project team visit the MG Club of Canberra”