Bro has just sent me these pictures. An old lady across the road from his place was talking to him the other day and the conversation got around to vintage caravans... .. as inevitably it always does She loaned Jeff some pixs of thier family van and tow car so he could scan them. The van was homebuilt by Mr Les holland who lived in Sydenham ( Sydney suburb) at the time.
Look like they are a happy bunch.. and why wouldnt they be.... ;D.. They own a bondwood van ;D ;D ;D Thats probably Les in the middle of the first picture.
Note the early falcon ( 1962) towing an alloy van in the background. might give some insight into when they started building alloy clad vans.
Also second picture shows a brick 2 stack chimney on the van,,, clever lad that Leslie
Interesting to note the small windows. This seemed common in late fortys and early fiftys ply vans. Although the windows in Mr Hollands van seem fairly long compared to other vans of around this era .
Bro tells me the car is a 1954 Morris Oxford. First of the OHV 1500 motors . Earlier Morris cars had the Side valve motor . "MO" series.
Good historical pictures old mate... so how come ya didn't post em in the "memorabilia" section......eh?
The old Falcon has got her bum on the ground, wood have been nice and light on the steering. If it wasn't for that Falcon in the background I wood have said those photos were taken in the 40's, get a go at how the blokes are dressed.
The pictures of the group all standing near the van could be a lot earlier ( say the late post war 40s )than the ones with the f#@d in the background ( indicating early sixties) and the one of it being towed by the Morris ( which indicates no earlier than 1954). All this means is it hung around through a few decades.... well at least the 50s and 60s.
If there is one thing i have learnt from hanging around this website and all these old pictures of vans, it is to never "pre date ' them.
That is if I get an idea in my head that something is late 40s i will always go with the early 50s. Obviously if someone comes up with some hard cold facts like original sales dockets or have the full history of thier van from new then we can accept the umpires decision.