Hi aj91 Welcome to the forum. Let me start by saying that it would be better if you posted your enquiry under the General Section of this forum, You have posted under the specific make of caravan which is basically the reference point for caravan by model/brand rather than general discussion. Having said that, whilst we are pretty good at identifying caravans, remember that we are not psychic - a picture of the caravan would be helpful. We might then be able to help you. If you look here: vintagecaravans.proboards.com/board/29/post-photos-on-forum you can find instructions on posting pictures via various mediums, depending on your preference.
Last Edit: Feb 20, 2021 22:54:06 GMT 10 by Roehm3108
Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 7, 2023 17:20:44 GMT 10
Wonderful photos of a 1938 Caravan Park Mobile Home van, from the Mitchell Library collection
The photos were taken by Arthur Bullard on 15 July 1938, most likely on behalf of the Australian Consolidated Press for an article in Pix magazine. The photos are available to view here.
This title for the photos in the Mitchell Library files states that the photos were 'for A R Rankin', but this is presumably a reference to R J Rankin. The Caravan Park Mobile Homes were built for Rankin by Tom Propert & Son and had steel external cladding. The steel cladding can be clearly discerned in the first two photos:
The internal photos are of two different caravans. One has painted, full height cupboards to the right of the hand basin. Judging by the painted cupboard just to the right of the door, this van appears to be the one in the external photos above:
The second has a varnished, half height cupboard beside the basin:
(Source: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales)
Notice also that there is a difference between the patterns of the brocade on the cushions of the two vans, and that the size of the water tanks beside the hand basins are a differ in each.
Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 8, 2023 12:15:40 GMT 10
The photos are wonderful aren't they? Just so much better than the fuzzy newspaper photos we usually have to rely on from the 30's and 40's.
Thanks for helping me work out the orientation of the internal photos of the Mobile Home. I've reordered them accordingly, and in the process found I'd double upped on one, and left one of the series out!
However, I think there's still something not quite right. If you look at the first and third "front" photos, they have full height painted cupboards to the right of the basin, while in the second "front" photo, the cupboard is half height and varnished. Similarly the first "rear" photo has a half height varnished cupboard with a bench on the left, while the second "rear" photo possibly shows full height cupboards. On top of all that I've now realised that the brocade cushion covers show two different patterns. So I think that we are most probably looking at two different caravans.
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 19, 2023 11:55:46 GMT 10
Over time we have come across several examples of where Australian designs for caravans have been modified and used to build vans in New Zealand. One was the Australian Sunliner which became the NZ Concord, and another was the Australian Franklin/Kennedy which became the NZ Caravelle.
Hughdeany has provided another example of this trans-Tasman sharing. This is the NZ Calypso caravan which was featured in Winser's 1968/69 Plans for Caravans:
(Source: K Winser, Plans for Caravans, 13th edition, 1968)
This was not a caravan for which plans were provided in the book, but as can be seen, a photo of a commercially built van shown in a feature on overseas design trends which Winser often included in his caravan publications.
It is clear from the photo that the Calypso was based on the design of the Carapark Astronaut caravans.
Thanks to Hughdeany for providing this intriguing glimpse into Australia/NZ caravan history.