Tag Archives: Queen Elizabeth II

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

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

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

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

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

Visiting the Royal Daimler

by Catrina Vignando on 29 October, 2013

Visiting the Royal Daimler in Canberra

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. 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

Queen’s Birthday Honours

by Catrina Vignando on 20 June, 2013

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second 1954 by William Dargie

Congratulations to all the recipients of the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards.

The image displayed is Sir William Dargie’s ‘wattle painting’ of Queen Elizabeth II. This image is part of the National Musuem’s collection and was painted in honour of the Queen’s first Royal visit to Australia in 1954. A stately DE 36hp Daimler landaulette was used by Queen Elizabeth II during this iconic Royal Tour.

The Royal Daimler is being restored to bring the car back to its former glory in time to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s first Royal Tour in 2014.

More information about the Royal Daimler Car

More information about Sir William Dargie’s 1954 portrait of the Queen

Thank you

by Heidi Bock on 30 November, 2012

What a delightful way to finish the week with a $2,000 donation received, bringing our overall total to $11,036.50. Thank you so much to all of our supporters for helping make the Royal Daimler fit for a queen again.

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