condition, Conservation, treatment

Museum Workshop exhibition opens

by Heidi Bock on 2 November, 2012

We are excited to announce Museum Workshop has opened to over 2000 visitors in the first weekend.

The following are pictures of our Royal Daimler arriving and being pushed into position in the exhibition space.

Arrival of the Daimler (2009.0017.0001) to Acton for Museum Workshop exhibition

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History, Memories

Visiting the Museum Library

by Heidi Bock on 4 October, 2012

Sometimes I feel a little spoilt working at the Museum with so much interesting information right at my fingertips. In my bid to find out more about the Royal Tour, I visited the Museum Library. This is an incredible resource, and after a quick search, six commemorative books from 1954 landed in front of me.

Inside cover of The Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand in Pictures
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condition, Conservation, treatment

Discoveries from the trial lift

by Vicki Humphrey on 8 September, 2012

We had a successful trial lift of the body off the chassis of the Daimler. All so well planned and well executed that it looked easy. Thanks team! But an enormous amount of preparation was involved.

When the Daimler was built, the coach work was basically added onto the chassis and then the upholstery and the special fittings – fit for a Royal – were put in place.

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condition, Conservation, treatment

Some pleasant, and not so pleasant surprises!

by Monica Lindemann on 8 June, 2012

As part of our conservation treatment, we have begun work on the body of the Daimler to remove internal carpets, floor panels and seats.

In the pictures below, you can see that we have had some interesting finds.

Removing floor driver cabin, Ken Houlahan
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Fundraising campaign


by K Still on 20 February, 2012

We are delighted to report that over the last few days there have been some very generous donations for this campaign.

The funds raised to date now stand at $1,380. A big thank you to those that have donated. We will be sure to keep you updated when new donations are received.

Conservation, Fundraising campaign

Royal Daimler Project begins

by Monica Lindemann on 10 February, 2012

Welcome to the National Museum of Australia’s Royal Daimler Project blog. We’ll keep you informed about the conservation progress of the Royal Daimler as we work towards having her fit for a queen again by 2014 – the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s 1954 visit to Australia. The first stage is getting the Daimler ready to display in the National Museum in Canberra by October 2012.

The Daimler outside with farm machinery in the background.
The Daimler in South Australia before it was acquired by the Museum in 2009.

Find out more about the Museum’s Daimler and the Royal tour on The Daimler’s history page.

We look forward to your questions, comments and suggestions. Enjoy the blog!