condition, Conservation, treatment

Testing Testing

by Nathan Pharaoh on 27 March, 2015

Ken Houlahan and Ian Stewart securing the starter motor to the engine.

Shortly after the installation of the engine’s crankshaft, the team here at the National Museum got busy bolting on the auxiliary engine components with the aim of reuniting the vehicle’s engine to the newly treated chassis.

But before the engine is installed, we need to carry out a few leak tests and pressure tests. Continue reading “Testing Testing”

condition, Conservation, History, treatment

The Queen is in town

by Catrina Vignando on 12 November, 2014

When the Queen Came to Town, poster

It was 1954, post depression, post World War II and the visit of the young and beautiful Queen Elizabeth transfixed the nation. Continue reading “The Queen is in town”

condition, Conservation, treatment

Testing, testing

by Vicki Humphrey on 16 October, 2014

Lowering the crankshaft into place

The much-awaited test fit of the crankshaft has happened. Ian Stewart has fitted it, checked and blueprinted the bearing oil clearances and the thrust clearance. All clearances have been set to standard Daimler specifications. The new main bearing has been line bored to suit these specifications. Continue reading “Testing, testing”

Conservation, Fundraising campaign

More love for the Royal Daimler

by Catrina Vignando on 25 September, 2014

Donation from DLOCCA for the Royal Daimler

The Royal Daimler Project might be over but the work and interest in car continues.

It was great to see so many members of the Daimler SP250 group at the Museum on Saturday. Travelling to Canberra from various parts of the east coast of NSW, all arrived to the Museums’ offsite campus in Mitchell to see the Museum’s Royal Daimler car. Continue reading “More love for the Royal Daimler”

Conservation, Fundraising campaign

Farewell to the Royal Daimler

The Royal Daimler has left the building!

by Catrina Vignando on 29 July, 2014

A close up of the Royal Daimler chassis

After a short sojourn in the Museum’s Hall, today the Royal Daimler returned to the offsite conservation lab for ongoing work.

Continue reading “Farewell to the Royal Daimler”
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
‘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.