Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 4, 2014 22:20:11 GMT 10
INDIAN TRAILER COACH
Manufactured by Indian Trailer Coach Co Woolloongabba, Qld One of the manufacturers building coach-style caravans in Australia in the 1930's was the Indian Trailer Coach Co. Following is an advert from the Brisbane Sunday Mail on Sunday, 12 September 1937 (page 29) showing one of their vans:
Shortly after this advert appeared, one of the Indian Trailer Coach vans was displayed at the 1937 Royal Melbourne Show, and was described in the Melbourne Argus of Tuesday, 28 September 1937 (page 6). Note the reference to steel framed windows:
An advert placed in the Argus on Saturday, 23 October 1937 (page 28) announced that a representative for Indian Trailer Coach had been appointed in Melbourne. It also tells us a couple of the model names: the 12(?) ft 'Papoose' and the 17 ft 'Indian Scout':
This final item (outlined in red) from the Brisbane Courier-Mail on Thursday, 9 June 1938 (page 9) lists some of the companies providing caravans or caravan supplies in Brisbane. We aren't told what the question was that had been asked, but it appears that the Indian Trailer Coach Co may have held the answer:
The photo was in the 1938/39 edition of the 'Australian Caravan Magazine' that frustrated us because we couldn't decipher the writing on the side of the van and, as is often the case in that magazine, the caption didn't give any clue as to the make of the caravan. Well... with a little more diligence on my part I found another photo in the same magazine ( again with no caption) that I think tells us the van in both these photos is an Indian caravan. The actual photo in the book more clearly shows the name on the caravan is 'INDIAN'. What do you think ?
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 10, 2014 17:00:04 GMT 10
I love your diligence!
The photo of the van with 'Indian' across the front - and I don't think there is any doubt about what it says - is a great find, and provides a real life photo of what is only hinted at in the blurry image in the Indian Trailer Coach advert I posted.
It's funny, I looked at that first photo you posted from the 'Australian Caravan Magazine' just last night to see if I could connect it to any of the manufacturers I listed in what I posted regarding Australian coach-style caravans, but I couldn't make a link! No doubt you have looked at the second photo a number of times and tried to work out the relevance of the word 'Indian' which at first sight seems pretty irrelevant in the Australian context. But gradually the pieces come together!
I remember as a kid looking at a caravan yard around the corner from The Don factory in Oakleig,called "ride away caravans". They had old vans for sale to be used as extra bedrooms(sad face)! There was occasionally vans like the Indian,that at the time I thought were converted horse floats,but later came to realise were purpose built travelling caravans.also remember one that looked like an airplane fuselage amongst the Globetrotters,Wayfarers and home made jobs. Some of those vans were on their last legs then,so the ones we have now are worth looking after! Cheers Hughdeani