Very nice Cobber. The first one is the same style/model externally as my bondwood 53 which as a rental job Ispose would be likely. As I said earlier, gordons " 57 with shower" was very similar in shape, still felt like a "woody" inside , but I think it had diamond pattern aluminium cladding. 1957 -58 seems to be where they finally settled on full aluminium . regards.......
Last Edit: May 23, 2016 10:44:07 GMT 10 by Jennison
Hi VVers In our travels a couple of weeks ago we found a Jennison Pathfinder with a Jones dolly wheel fitted, alum. clad with chassis no. 313- 16, all in original condition, with some TLC would be a great classic. Can someone tell what vintagethis van is . The van is not for sale. Cheers Boblor
Some questions for you Boblor - where exactly is it?- what length is it?(with a dolly wheel, I presume it's a 16 or 18 footer) - you say metal exterior, if so, is it smooth (possibly galvanised)or diamond pattern(definitey aluminium) on exterior cladding - canvas or metal roof? - does it have the straight jennison pathfinder name tag or does it have the "aboriginal with spear" pathfinder logo? If it has the aboriginal it is at least a 56 to 57 model, most likely the 57 or later - photos?? I have no makers or chassis master list as far as dating it from the chassis number. The only manufacturers plate I have is blank a far as numbers go, but I will be in yarrowlumla today, so I might pop in and check the plate on gordons "57 with shower" That will give us a start point regards.........
Last Edit: Nov 30, 2008 7:28:48 GMT 10 by Jennison
Hi Jennison Some details of Pathfinder Chassis No. 313-16 It is about 16', single axle, fitted witha Jones Dolly wheel (pat. pend. 31801/57) The van is clad with aluminium with mini corrigation pattern 3mm apart running horizontally on side walls. These walls are returned on all edges with 1/2" radius to the underside of the roof and end walls.The front , rear and roof are sheeted in plain flat aluminium sheeting. The roof has a large hatch sheeted with plain flat alum. Windows - Qualicraft Manufacturing Industries NSW, awning type. Underside of the floor appears to be flat sheeting, Alum. or galv. . Vaccumm assisted brakes are fitted. Axle is about 45mm sq., with a radius bend step of about 5-6", the springs are mounted on the stub axle portion with the chassis built to accommodate this arrangement. eg. the main portion of the axle is 5-6" lower than the wheel centre. Shackles are fitted with grease nipples. Name tags- Jennison Pathfinder is two part on the side between the front edge of the door and the front of the van in cast and painted red, the aboriginal emblem is fixed to roof area just above the windows front and rear, it is a swashed diamond in shape with an aboriginal holding a shield and spear, finished with aboriginal type paintings boarder to the emblem, with the background in a yellowish colouring. The Jones Dolly wheel would indicate this van is later than 1957. The interior is still in original.
Without doubt this is one of the "Pyms Pathfinders" at rough guess up to around a 1960 model. It was around then that they dropped the "jennison" from the logo and became just "Pathfinder" caravans. Gordon Taylors 57 model has both the Jennison and the aboriginal logo like this but I would hazard a guess that with a full "woody" interior like earlier models that its floor is timber(ply) as well . The offset axle was standard on all of them as far as I know. I still haven't popped in at the Taylors yet but I will try to remember today. Thanks Boblor and I will ring you. Since there doesn't seem like there are many Jennos left I might start a location register for my own interest. regards jennison
Would it be safe to assume you have a copy of the Modern Motor magazine August 1955, with the article by Mr Pym on the Jennison Pathfinder. Will "pathfind" its way to Ebay soon..........along with a lot of other "MM" of the same period
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Fibreglass fantasia!....2 Sunliners, a Carlight Continental plus one for spares (fibreglass roof & ends)...... also a late 30's masonite van plus a 52 homemade plywood and a Fibreglass Kennedy lookalike awaiting a brand/name ................. EH Premier S/Wagon & '56 FORD Country Sedan for my towcars
I was thinking all we need now is for a 55-56 model to turn up and we'll nearly have the full progression from wood to aluminium .............. No luck on those postal photos yet Donricardo .......... regards
Last Edit: Dec 17, 2008 22:16:23 GMT 10 by Jennison
Hi Jennison, back on page 3 of this thread you've posted (via Don Ricardo) a newspaper feature story about the 1971 Sydney Caravan Show. In that article it tells the story of the start of Jennison caravans in Sydney and how they were originally called Jennison Roadcruisers before becoming Pathfinders.
Two years later leading up to the 1973 Caravan Show, [CORRECTION] - In the leadup to the 1971 Caravan Show, a feature article appeared in the May 23 newspaper, and gave an overview of what people would see at the Show.
This is the important part:
"HISTORICAL FIVE VINTAGE caravans in the historical section are likely to be the basis of Australia's first caravan museum. The organiser of the section, and vice-president of the Caravan Trades and Industries Association, Mr John Morris, says some of the vans have only recently been discovered and restored. You'll see an American covered waggon, reminiscent of the old west, a 12ft restored gipsy caravan, the first Millard caravan produced in Australia, the first Jensen and an early Chesney more than 30 years old. Now that the vintage caravans have been collected "under one roof", consideration will be given to forming a museum - probably based in Sydney."
That's the story as printed. Note the word 'Jensen', because a month later in June there was a follow-up article about how well the show went, etc etc. Included in that follow-up article was a photo of the first Jennison Roadcruiser built, which had appeared at the show...
[photo reference: Sun-Herald 1971 June 06 page 117]
So there you go. Now all you have to do is find out where it is. Shouldn't be too hard...after all, it was restored in the early 1970s so it should still be around somewhere.
Post by marktaylor on Mar 11, 2009 11:26:04 GMT 10
Al, I'll probably get 'busted' for posting this here , but that is a fascinating article. To think that waaaaay back in 1973, there was interest in old caravans, and thoughts of starting a caravan museum, ......and I'm also fascinated that way back then they used the words "vintage caravan"
Richard from OT Past has found an interview with my grandmother Doris from 1952. Interesting reading and some minor adjustments to be made to what we have put together on pathfinder history. I will post as soon as I have a copy regards Jeff PS Looks like its a dead end on the nsw caravan and camping lot
Last Edit: May 15, 2009 4:55:58 GMT 10 by Jennison
Hi Jennison, thought you might be interested in these images. The first image is a scan from the original photo of your grandfather that is features in reply #42 it is inscibed JENNISON 10 FT VAN BUILT 1933 SOLD 1934
This second image denotes 1952 MODEL 12 FT JENNISON PATHFINDER and I'm quessing that it is the PYM family in the photo.
Only information that was written on the back of this photo was 1934 JENNISON PATHFINDER
And finally this is the original image from the article on the 1971 CARAVAN SHOW as you can see from the clearer image the van at the front of the 1936 is a 1938 JENNISON NOMAD.So now you have two to chase,although the 1938 does have a licence plate and under a magnifing glass I think the last number is 9,so it reads TZ 1569 .If you found that one you'd have a lead on the other. cheers Rob
Post by Don Ricardo on May 26, 2009 20:20:31 GMT 10
Great pics jg66rob,
They really help to tell the Jennison story and to fill in a few gaps or confirm some of Jennison's (Jeff's) hunches about his grandfather's caravans. I'm not sure where you managed to find the photos but they are fantastic. Thanks for the effort you've put in to scan them and post them.
Oh my gawd!!! I go away for a while and another great find is waiting for me at home to surprise me!!! jg66rob WHERE DID YOU GET THEM FROM? the one with the pop top we have seen before but it was cut around the edges for in larger version, that is, the photo you have posted, I am willing to bet that the little boy who appears in this photo is my mums little brother John. It is not a pathfinder either, built in 1934, the pop top was constructed in Salisbury SA, long before pathfinders. Looking at the roadcruiser next to the 38, it appears to have a pyms pathfinder "aboriginal hunter" logo to the sideof the door. I am just wondering whether these vans on show in 1971 could have belonged to the pym family/pathfinder caravans company. I've never seen the old aboriginal logo on my granfathers era vans before. What a find and thanks for posting them jg66rob. I will send you a PM regards Jennison
Last Edit: May 28, 2009 20:56:54 GMT 10 by Jennison