Category Archives: History

Remembering the 1954 Royal Tour

by Catrina Vignando on 18 February, 2014

Queen Elizabeth Royal Tour 1954

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.

The Queen’s Royal visit was a two-month journey across Australia. An estimated 75% of Australia’s population were able to catch a glimpse of the young Queen as she travelled to 57 cities including regional centres such as Cairns, Lismore, Shepparton, Whyalla and Kalgoorlie. Continue reading

What is it?..and why does it affect our treatment approach?

by Vicki Humphrey on 22 January, 2014

This strange looking object is just one part of the Daimler that represents the balance of pure conservation and minor restoration that will be characteristic of the work we are doing. In many discussions with visitors and on our blog we have mentioned our desire to stick – as far as possible – to a conservation approach. That is, retain and reuse as much of the original as possible. However, we always knew that there would be parts that would have to have extra work along with some that need to be replaced – the crankshaft is a fine example of the latter.

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Car rally fashions on the field

by Catrina Vignando on 4 November, 2013

The overall winners with the Isetta and the judges

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. Continue reading

Spinning with the Royal Daimler

by Catrina Vignando on 17 October, 2013

Spin Canberra's Weekend on Wheels

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.

The Royal Daimler has been completely disassembled by our expert conservation staff in order to bring her back to her former glory. The Museum aims to raise $60,000 by July next year in order to help with this major conservation project and make the Royal Daimler fit for a queen again. Continue reading

Once in a hundred year event

by Catrina Vignando on 2 October, 2013

Centenary of Canberra Heritage Car Rally

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

The Royal Daimler is a Canberra Treasure

by Catrina Vignando on 12 September, 2013

Treasures of Canberra by Betty Churcher and Lucy Quinn

Treasures of Canberra by Betty Churcher and Lucy Quinn

The Royal Daimler has been classified as a Canberra treasure in a new book by Betty Churcher, ex Director of the National Gallery of Australia, and artist Lucy Quinn.

The book I am referring to is called Treasures of Canberra and has been produced to commemorate the Centenary of Canberra. Last night I was at an inspiring talk by Betty and Lucy where they spoke about their new book and the many treasures that it features. Continue reading

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? The Daimler was purchased and prepared for His Majesty’s 1949 Royal Tour, but King George never made that journey. The car was then prepared for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 1954 Royal Tour , and painted over in Her royal colours. All this historic detail is visible on the car.

Help us restore the 1948 Royal Daimler and make it fit for a king, a queen, or prince again! Visit www.nma.gov.au/support_us to make a donation.

Royal Automobile Club of Australia Gala Dinner

by Catrina Vignando on 10 July, 2013

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