It looks like the Short's caravan has its door on the wrong side.
if you look at both the photos of the hudson, you'll notice it has only one windscreen wiper, and in both photos, the wiper is on the left hand side, suggesting both cars are left hand drive.
left hand drive would be fairly rare in 1939 in australia, so i reckon the photo in the paper is simply an "accidental" reverse image of a right hand drive car (and caravan), meaning the caravan door would actually be on the left side of the caravan.
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 17, 2020 14:11:03 GMT 10
Hi Geoff & Jude and Roehm,
Geoff & Jude - What an excellent post! Two problems solved at once!
Thanks for the info about the tow vehicle. Definitely looks pretty classy. I'd really love to know what sort of work Mr Short picked up along the route, not normally what you'd regard as being "on the wallaby" I suspect.
Roehm - Just shows how attire has changed over the years. Looking through the photos we have of caravanners in the 30's and 40's (including on this thread), their casual clothing was definitely more formal than we are used to today. Indeed, here's a photo of my father in the late 40's. He's in his sports clothes aka casual clothing. If he was in his business attire it would have been a three-piece suit with a gold watch chain across his front. Same hat though!
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 18, 2020 12:57:41 GMT 10
I was interested to see the photo of the motor caravan in the article below, published in the Sydney Sun on Monday, 22 July 1935 (page 10). The caravan in question was built by Mr R S and Mrs Kemp from Melbourne and they were setting out on a journey from Melbourne to Sydney intending to travel on to Brisbane, Rockhampton, Winton, Darwin, Broome, Perth and Adelaide before heading for home. So much the same journey as many 'grey nomads' do today, but in what would have been more challenging conditions.
While we've seen quite a lot of motor caravans from the 20's and 30's, the Kemp's van differs from the norm, and that's what attracted my attention. For one thing the caravan cabin is aligned across the vehicle rather than along the vehicle, with the highest part of the roof going east-west rather than north-south. In addition to that, the caravan cabin is not integrated in any way with the car cabin. In lots of ways the vehicle looks like a coupe with a shed plonked on the back. In that sense it is perhaps more an early example of a pick-up camper (except that it can't easily be unmounted) than a motor caravan. The weight of the caravan cabin on the rear certainly looks to be having an impact on the weight distribution of the vehicle.
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 30, 2020 14:25:26 GMT 10
"Janorma" restored by Humpty2
"Janorma" was rescued and restored by the Humpty2's in 2009. It was named after the two daughters of the previous owners - Jan and Norma. Because of the build quality, the Humpty2's were convinced that the van was built by a commercial manufacturer rather than being home-built, but we have not been able to establish who might have built her.
Humpty2 was given photos of "Janorma" from 1949 which indicate that she was certainly built at least as early as the 40's. However, we have accumulated a lot of information about the development of caravan designs and styles since 2009, and on that basis it is clear that "Janorma" is similar to designs from the 1930's, or if she was built post-World War II, was built to a 30's design. It is for this reason that I have posted these photos on this thread.
For the story of "Janorma's" restoration and lots more photos click here. Unfortunately a lot of the photos on that link have now been watermarked by Photobucket, which is why I have posted these photos which were from a Gumtree listing in September 2017.
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 24, 2021 21:47:28 GMT 10
Kenny posted a link to the following photo here on 24 September 2021. The photo is from the State Library of Queensland collection and is captioned ‘Mobile dental clinic towing a caravan, touring southern Queensland, 1939’:
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 8, 2022 12:50:34 GMT 10
An interesting article about a folding caravan built by Mr H Welstead of Middle Brighton, Vic, published in The Australian Home Beautiful (Vol 12, No 1, pages 58 & 59) on 1 January 1934:
(Source: National Library of Australia - click here)
In concept, Mr Welstead's folding caravan is not unlike the Brindle and Williamson Page Murphy (WPM) folding caravans being built on a commercial basis at around the same time. However, the Welstead caravan had a couple of distinctives. Perhaps of most significance was that the caravan was apparently entirely clad in three-ply and insulating board and did not use canvas sides as both the Brindle and WPM vans did. Other features included a meat safe and a 'cellarette' in the floor.
It's also interesting to read the description of the coupling: "It is connected to the car by a rod and fitting the size of a tennis ball, which allows it to swivel in any direction." Note too, that the caravan could be erected in 'three minutes'.
The manufacturer of the caravan is not known at this stage. But note the comment that the 'caravan cult' in Australia began in Victoria. The research posted on the Forum now indicates that the caravan movement in Australia (or at least the 'trailer caravan' movement) arguably began in South Australia.