Hmm! Can we assume that the manufacturers were fans of/capitalised on Australia's arctic explorer Douglas Mawson, who was a bit of a rock star in his day? Kind of fitting for an icebox, wouldn't you say! Cheers Seeshell
I reckon that would be a pretty safe bet, if you do a google on " Mawson ice box" even the great Google has trouble distinguishing one from the other... but if you perceiver you'll find they made some pretty nice ice chests.
Matter of fact, I'm not sure I believe Mawson made an ice box for a caravan, somebody might have cheated a little bit.... maybe
If the old van it was found in is anything to go by, it looks as if it could have been someone's project. I read the other day that before the mid-1950s half of all vans were home made in Australia (maybe in the Time to Roam magazine?).
If so, there's a fair chance that when Mum got one of those new Kelvinators, the old Mawson got repurposed...
From hunting around on Trove, do you know if there were caravan icebox kits for the home builder, or did people just fashion/pinch ones to use from elsewhere?
The Blue Flyer - 1951 Homemade Bondwood
Chryssi - 1966 VC Valiant Safari
The Seeshell - 1969 Olympic Riviera (deceased)
As is evident by the contributions to this thread, mostly on page one, there was no standard design for the humble ice box, so I doubt if there was a kit available until....... the mid 1950s
A theory I have formed with no research and not much evidence and not supported by anybody else, 'far as I know. I reckon somebody, possibly 'Carapark', came up with an entire 'Kitchen unit'. Ice box on the left in front/beside the wheel arch, draw above, sink above that with cooker recess to the right of that with a sliding bench top on top of that, doors in front of the wheel arch provided a small storage area.
It is I think a very practical layout....whether it was a kit or just adopted universally, with slight modification, as a good setup I don't know.... for certain sure
George tells me the cabinet has been made from a single sheet of stainless steel all neatly cut and folded with very neat sharp corners.
You will notice the ice is contained in a separate slide out box with an unique way of connecting its drain pipe to the main drain pipe.... a smaller diameter pipe contained within the larger pipe that slides up or down to complete the connection.
I have had the joy of inspecting this craftsman built caravan with its many unique features.... craftsman built for sure because all the slot headed screws used in its construction (except the two above ) have been correctly "dressed"....... fix 'em George, they do look untidy
Below is the ice box shut, one off set hing is missing.... do you have a spare one ?
Hi everyone ...! Recently i have replaced my ice box of vintage caravan with refrigerators because it is getting old . I have many photos of it , will you please guide me how can i upload these picture .
Thanks Andrew, that ice box will scrub up very nicely, then you might show us the 'after' photos... aye ?
Here's another very nice ice box that is in a 'Castle' caravan. Notice the top shelf has four round rings to help locate the milk bottles, or any other bottles for that matter, that's an unusual feature you might have noticed The shelves might need rearranging to achieve that purpose better but that would not be a problem with this ice box..... the shelf supporting pins were easily moved up or down the side of the box.
Cobber looks like the Rolls Royce of ice chests! Not sure if mine has insulation but will investigate further soon Can't bring myself to pull it out besides its a bit small for a fridge! .....Remember their only original once!
Another one for sale on eBay ( just to show how it could look )
A search of Trove shows these iceboxes were 'made especially for Patersons Stores' .. A home furnishing business. Patersons add. 1939, the iceboxes are in the bottom right corner. They apparently did sell them 'Lacquered' as well as in 'Australia Oak' CLICK HERE
An interesting thing is.... in 2006 a former forum member, Belinda, told us that T.G. Paterson was a firm who made the metal components for 'Atlantic Caravans' so.... is the badge on the icebox Paterson the furniture business or...Paterson the manufacturer ( my guess is the latter)
I tried to ring T.G. Paterson on 95582494 and "my call could not be connected" so I suspect they are no longer in business.
Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 17, 2015 20:58:26 GMT 10
An interesting post there regarding the Paterson Iceberg ice box, and especially a possilbe link with Atlantic caravans. However, I've got some doubts about the possibility of the latter.
Paterson Stores was based in Victoria (several Melbourne suburbs specifically), while Atlantic were based in Sydney. As we know caravan construciton in the 30's, 40's and 50's was firlmly state based. I think this means that Atlantic were unlikely to have sourced their material and fittings from interstate. Just my assessment...
A Clarification ( even a correction ) is required regarding my previous post regarding Paterson ice boxes. The two in the post above are obviously domestic items, one of them having been used in a caravan. The metal badge apparently identifies the ice box as being supplied by Paterson the furniture people in Victoria, having been made especially for them by.... we don't know who, yet
T.G. Paterson, the sheet metal firm in Marrickville NSW did not make these ice boxes but, as mentioned in various posts by Belinda, did make ice boxes and other sheet metal components for Atlantic caravans and other caravan manufacturers in the Sydney area at the time. They used an oval shaped metal badge on some items, but apparently not on their caravan products ( I hope to confirm that soon ) They also had the only machine designed to make the ice block trays as mentioned in this thread .... the machine apparently still exists but is in retirement, as are the people who own it .
The Patersons Pty. Ltd. furniture people's metal badge.
I hope to have an image of the T.G. Paterson badge soon.
Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 18, 2015 19:19:16 GMT 10
Thanks for that further explanation. I thought you were making a connection between the two, but you were just drawing attention to the coincidence of the Paterson name being twice related to caravans back in the day...