This van was listed on ebay, April 2008. Description: 1952 ORIGINAL BONDWOOD CARAVAN. This caravan has been kept in a garage under covers for 30 years. Everything on this van is original including dust. At front of van is a table that seats 4 people and makes up into a small double bed. At the rear there is another table that seats 6 and also makes up into an large double bed. Built in wardrobe with plenty of cupboard space. Electric fridge. Electric and battery operated lights. Even the lino on the floor is original. Caravan also comes complete with original, perfect condition, annexe with wooden poles and ropes. Has never been out of rego. Still has original number plates [Vic H13-696] and is registered till April 2009.
Here we have a couple of photos of members of 'The Sorlie's Travelling Vaudeville Show' during a bit of R & R at Broken Hill around 1957.
TV had all but sounded the end of their shows in the big cities, but had not yet reached places like Broken Hill, however the emergence of the club scene finally ended the travelling shows in the early 1960s
I think you could be close to the mark in saying it is a 'Carapark' but I see differences between this one and the one in McFeeters at Forbes. Winterwood has given us a photo of the one at Forbes see it here and the windows are different (timber frames as against aluminium) and the Forbes one appears to have more of a curve towards the lower part at the rear.
It's a shame the small plate above the tail light isn't more in focus, it would tell us something aye?
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 13, 2014 15:44:37 GMT 10
Hi Cobber and Jikah,
No, definitely not a Carapark Hunter Minor, which is the van at McFeeter's. It's too large for that, apart from anything else. That's not to say it isn't a Carapark, though. Carapark produced a number of larger caravans in the 40's which we have names for, but no idea what they looked like.
How frustrating is it to see that manufacturer's name plate on the van, but not to be able to read it or recognise it?
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 12, 2015 13:52:17 GMT 10
Here is an interesting photo posted on the Lost Sydney Facebook page here:
The caption reads:
Tradesmen working on the construction of the Sydney Opera House live in caravans on-site at Bennelong Point.
The photo is from a series of photographs relating to the building of the Opera House on the vintage.es website, which dates the photo as having been taken on 20 June 1960. However, the caravan appears as if it was built a fair bit earlier than 1960, and in fact looks not unlike the style of a Brindle caravan from the late 30's. All the same, the aluminium framed windows may indicate a 50's build date, which is why I've posted it on this thread.
It's a very evocative photo though, whatever the era of the caravan.