Post by Don Ricardo on Apr 4, 2017 13:19:07 GMT 10
A couple of years ago I found the following photo dated 1941 in the collection of the State Library of Queensland, but didn't post it at the time. However, I was reminded of it by a Facebook post a few days ago:
The description of the photo states: "The Model T-Ford was powered by charcoal gas and the caravan was built by James Whalley & Son."
The fact that the car was powered by a gas producer, seems to confirm that the photo is likely to have been taken during World War II, but the T-model Ford is from the 20's or earlier, and the style of the caravan and the wooden spoked wheels suggest that the caravan is also likely to have been built in the 20's.
I haven't been able to find out anything about James Whalley & Son who built the van, except that a Whalley family - including at least two generations of James Whalleys - were merchants on the Sunshine Coast around Nambour and Maroochydore. The Whalleys owned a saw mill in Nambour in the 1910's, and a hardware store, general store, petrol station and Ford dealership at various points in the 20's and 30's. So it could be that James Whalley & Son was connected to the Whalley merchant family.