Conservation, Fundraising campaign, History

The Daimler Rolling Chassis

by Catrina Vignando on 19 June, 2014

The Royal Daimler chassis is all chromed up and on display for a limited time in the main hall at the National Museum in Canberra.

With as much fanfare as we could muster, we made a short video of the chassis being set up for display by our registration team. Continue reading “The Daimler Rolling Chassis”

Fundraising campaign, Memories

A Royal birthday celebration

by Catrina Vignando on 16 June, 2014

'When the Queen came to Town' event

And a good time was had by all. Around 150 people came to see the preview screening of When the Queen Came to Town, at the National Museum on 12 June as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. This was a fundraising event for the Royal Daimler project and many came dressed in their fine 50s hats and royal regalia. Continue reading “A Royal birthday celebration”

Fundraising campaign, History, Memories

When The Queen Came To Town

by Kathi Zarka on 10 June, 2014

Matinee Fundraiser for 12 June

Put on your royal finery and join us at an exclusive film preview that celebrates the 1954 Royal Visit!

Tickets are $25 and include a 1950s style afternoon tea and raffle with fabulous prizes to be won! All proceeds will go towards the Royal Daimler conservation project.

Screening on Thursday, 12 June from 2 – 3.30pm in the Visions Theatre at the National Museum of Australia.

Bookings are essential. CLICK HERE

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”

condition, Conservation, treatment

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!

We decided to keep as much of the original chrome work as possible – we discovered a good polish brought it up beautifully. There is some evidence of pitting but as there was no underlying corrosion, the chrome work is sound and important as a record of the original craftsmanship. Unfortunately there were some parts that had underlying corrosion and needed treatment. The ongoing corrosion would have resulted in continuing loss of chrome and deterioration of original parts. For these reasons we had to treat the metal and have it rechromed. Continue reading “A little bit of bling and some very fine work!”

condition, Conservation, Fundraising campaign, treatment

Crankshaft – the story so far

by Vicki Humphrey on 20 April, 2014

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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.

Ainslie and Ian were very impressed with the work to date on the crankshaft. It has been made from one piece of metal (billeted) and is a precision piece of engineering. Continue reading “Crankshaft – the story so far”

Conservation, Fundraising campaign, Memories

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.

The film looks at the legacy and the impact of this Royal visit on Australian popular culture and features the Museum’s Royal Daimler car. The film includes footage of the work the dedicated conservation team at the Museum have undertaken to bring this special car back to its former glory. Continue reading “Filming the Royal Daimler”

History

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”

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.

We need to raise a further $30,000to reach our goal of $60,000 by July this year.
Help us get the car over the line and become a Royal Daimler Conservation Partner.

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History

Joan Richmond

by Catrina Vignando on 12 March, 2014

Joan Richmond with her car racing trophies, 1936
Joan Richmond with her racing trophies

This is for all those girls who are into fast cars!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are presenting this story about the Australian racing car driver Joan Richmond who was at her peak on the international racing circuit in the 1930s.

Her racing career is the stuff of great adventure. You can read more about Joan on the NMA website , or you can see the exhibition about her racing career in the Australian Journeys Gallery at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

The above image is from the website dedicated to Joan’s racing career www.joanrichmond.com.

A book about her life is also available from this site.

You can also try speed queens for more information about Joan Richmond.