Conservation, Fundraising campaign, History, Memories

The Royal Daimler stripped back

by Kathi Zarka on 10 June, 2014

Conserved Chassis in the Hall

The chassis of this grand old car is now on display in the Museum’s Main Hall until 27 July 2014. Don’t miss this last opportunity to see the ‘craftsmanship behind the car’ before it goes back to the workshop for final conservation treatment. Continue reading “The Royal Daimler stripped back”

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Donations are growing

by Monica Lindemann on 29 May, 2014

Thanks to many generous Museum visitors making a contribution to donations boxes in the hall of the National Museum, the Royal Daimler Project fundraising total has now reached $41,078.80!

With less than $19,000 to raise we are feeling very confident of reaching the $60,000 target by the end of June, Her Majesty’s birthday month! Continue reading “Donations are growing”

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A little bit of bling and some very fine work!

by Vicki Humphrey on 22 May, 2014

Compare this to the before photo in our earlier post: What is it?..and why does it affect our treatment approach?

The excitement is building as we prepare the Daimler chassis for a public viewing for the Queen’s birthday weekend. And the Daimler is getting its bling on! Continue reading “A little bit of bling and some very fine work!”

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Crankshaft – the story so far

by Vicki Humphrey on 20 April, 2014

In the beginning was a cylinder of solid steel, soon to be a crankshaft

On the 7-8th April, Ainslie Greiner and Ian Stewart travelled to Melbourne to visit Crankshaft Rebuilders. They took the original block from the Royal Daimler with them. The idea was to get the block line-bored and the new crankshaft test fitted to the block – this allows for finalised fitting to the bearings. This also provided Ian with the necessary information to manufacture a new rear main oil seal carrier on his return to the Museum.

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Filming the Royal Daimler

by Catrina Vignando on 17 April, 2014

Filming the Royal Daimler chassis at the conservation lab, photo by G Serras

The Museum’s Royal Daimler is the subject of a new feature film called When the Queen Came to Town that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Royal visit.

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The Australian Six

by Laura Breen on 28 March, 2014

The ‘Australian Six’ is a new acquisition by the National Museum of Australia.
This elegant vehicle represents one of the earliest attempts to establish an automotive manufacturing industry in Australia. In the wake of the First World War and amid growing worldwide interest in automotive technology, Australian entrepreneur Frederick Gordon was among the first to recognise the financial viability of importing cheap vehicle components for local assembly, rather than importing expensive complete vehicles from overseas. Manufactured in the United States in 1918 by American Motors Corporation of New Jersey, this car was imported to Sydney as a partially assembled prototype intended to showcase Gordon’s novel experiment. Continue reading “The Australian Six”

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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”

History, Memories

When the Queen came to town

by Catrina Vignando on 7 March, 2014

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This year, 2014, marks 60 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s first visit to Australia as the young reigning monarch. About 75 per cent of Australia’s population caught a glimpse of the newly-crowned Queen on her 1954 Royal tour.

A feature documentary, When the Queen Came to Town , is being produced in celebration of the 60th anniversary of this event. The producers of the film are seeking to hear from members of the public who took film footage of the 1954 Royal tour with 8mm or 16mm home movie cameras of the time. Continue reading “When the Queen came to town”

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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”