(source: posted by forum member Don Ricardo, 21 July 2007. Don Ricardo wrote: "I was interested in Jim Stirling's comment about his mother's ability to come up with a Sunday roast. It reminded me of the times when I was a kid and we took our Don down to Torquay or Barwon Heads, near Geelong where my father was born. My dad's family would all visit us in the van - sometimes in great numbers - and my mother would create a 2 or 3 course meal for everybody using our little petrol stove in the van. No BBQ's at the camping ground or nearby take-aways in those days. I still don't know how she did it...
(Regarding the photo, given that this is out of a recent magazine, I'm not sure whether there are copyright issues. However it is permissable to take a copy of a small part of a publication for private research purposes, and I guess that's what we're involved in. Besides I hope that Caravan World will be willing to cut us a bit of slack if I mention what a fine magazine they produce which includes information of interest to both modern van types as well as vintage vanners. Well worth buying if you're interested in caravans.)"
[Footnote: Don, this article can go into the Don caravans section when someone (You? Mark?) gets that thread going. I've put it here just because I captured it off the forum and didn't want to lose it. Franklin1.]
Some publications that have articles on vintage caravans. Aust. caravan World 9/'75 page 95 Aust.Caravan World 8/'77 Page 109 Aust. Caravan World 12/'82 page 29 Caravan World 8/'90 page 60 Caravan World 9/'91 page26 Caravan World 6/'92 page 60 Caravan World 5/'04 page 56 Aust. Motor Manual 8/'67 Aust. Caravan and Touring Manual for 1957 by Keith Winser
The caravan museum we mentioned is located at Warrak Vic. (about 25klms east of Ararat 3377) If you would like to give us your postal address we could send material from time to time that may be of interest to you. Likewise if you come across any Olympic items you could send it to PO Box 37 BOGANGAR 2488 NSW.
We also have some info on the Propert, Expanda van (all series), Sunliner, Microvan and Gypsy. We could have had a lot more but we did not know of anyone at the time who could use it. One item we would be keen to have copies/photocopies of are Glass's Caravan Value Guide any editions from '65 (if they were availiable) to the '90's. Just copies featuring the Olympic range this will allow us to establish when various model came on/off the market. We understand that all copies are sent to State Library Victoria, - when will we get there .
Regards Bob T
contact "firstname.lastname@example.org" for Bob's email address.
Hi, Came across this magazine in a huge collection of caravanning material - the previous owner started writing a book about 1994 on caravanning in Australia - never finished. There's stuff back to the thirties! Anyway, has anyone seen "Universal Car, Camp and Caravan Monthly", Sept., 1948. The New Monthly Items of interest for all. It's about modern A5 size, 64pages. Published monthly by Universal Car Camp and Caravan, Prahran. It's got adverts for Carter's Modern Caravans, Glen, Gypsy, Roadmaster, Rambler, Seal & Down (Roven) Western Caravans and other supplier. It will take me months to sort it all out. Bob
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Note the "Managing Editor" of the Hand & Log Book was John D. Porter, who also wrote the 1948 book listed at the start of this thread, "How To Build Caravans". If these publications are genuinely from the 1930s, then it would seem that John D. Porter was involved in publishing caravan books for some years before Keith Winser came on the publishing scene.
At Coledale last weekend Belinda showed me some caravan books she has.... one was an earlier edition than 1948 of Porter's “How to build caravans”. In the preface it made mention of the first edition of the “Australian Caravan Magazine and Log Book” published in 1935.
In the above scan you have posted of “The Australian Caravan Year and Log Book” it states that the publishers of it are also the publishers of “The Australian Caravan Magazine and Caravan Trailer News”
So it would appear that Mr John D. Porter was involved in publishing Australian Caravan books, or magazines, from at least 1935.