Hi all, my grandfather George Borig built Janbar caravans in Sydney in the late 30s early 40s. The name Janbar came from my mother and my aunties names Janice and Barbara, hence Janbar. The only reference I can find on the internet is an old add from a newspaper. When my Aunty sold her house in Clayton Melbourne there was a Janbar caravan in the driveway. It would be interesting to know if any of the vans my grandfather made are still around today.
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 6, 2021 13:31:39 GMT 10
It's so interesting to hear about the Janbar caravans built by your grandfather. It's not a name we've heard of before on the forum, but it's always fascinating to hear about those who were involved in the early stages of the Australian caravan industry. It sounds like your grandfather may have been amongst them.
Although we haven't heard the Janbar name before, it may be possible that a photo of one of your grandfather's vans has been posted but we weren't able to identify it as such. Sometimes the signage on older vans has been painted over at some point, etc. Do you have any photos or descriptions of the vans?
I've done a quick search via newspapers.com and the National Library of Australia's 'Trove' search engine and have found quite a number of references to Janbar caravans in the Sydney Morning Herald from 1951 to 1958, but they are all line adverts offering Janbar caravans mostly for hire, but also for sale. It appears that the vans ranged in size though, because they were available as 2, 3 or 4 berth. Nevertheless the adverts do indicate that your grandfather was still active in the 50's.
We'd certainly like to hear more your grandfather and Janbar if you can tell us more.