Manufactured by Lewis & Matthews (later the Glen Caravans Pty Ltd) 820 Glenhuntly Road, Glenhuntly, Vic This information regarding the “Glen Caravan” is taken from the 1948 edition of “The Caravan & Touring in Australia” magazine published by Motor Manual. If you have any further information on this brand please add it to this posting.
And another one from the 1951-1952 Caravans & Touring book 4
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 30, 2008 18:38:07 GMT 10
Posted by gtsmonaro, Apr 17, 2007, who wrote: I am after some information on a caravan built by Lewis & Matthews in Glenhuntly, VIC. Here are some pictures:
Information posted by madgirl, May 21, 2007: Hi all, I have just joined, having yesterday purchased a 1940's Lewis & Matthews (Glenhuntly) caravan. It is currently in Euroa in Victoria... ...I would be grateful for any leads about this manufacturer, or the van, which is in pretty bad condition but is intact (in a shed for 30 yrs).
On August 24, 2008, Madgirl wrote: I have been the happy owner of a late 1940s plywood van for about a year now (can't remember the makers' name exactly but Morris & something of Glen Huntly Victoria).
Cobber replied: G'day Madgirl, Your 'van is actually known as the “Glen” caravan... We had not twigged to the fact that they were made by Lewis & Matthews so thank you for providing that clue .
For more photos of and information about Madgirl's caravan see here.
Thanks to Franklin1 for collating the above information and Cobber for making the connection between Glen Caravans and Lewis & Matthews. Postscript: A story on the restoration of Madgirl's Glen caravan was published in the June/July 2016 edition (Issue 21) of Time to Roam magazine.
Came across this Glen recently. I took one especially for you cobber - the jockey wheel, but obviously I was so shaken seeing one of these gorgeous vans live, I got a bit shakey ;D ;D Then promptly forgot to take one of the front too
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Post by Don Ricardo on May 19, 2011 23:10:55 GMT 10
Isn't it great to know that some of the older and rarer vans are still out there to be found? It's amazing what turns up from time to time. This is only the second Glen that we've seen in the flesh from memory. The other one belongs to Trodler.
Does the owner of this Glen have plans to restore it?
One question though - what is the function of what appears to be a window winder handle in the last photo? Maybe you were too shaken to notice and/or ask? I would have been! ;D ;D ;D
Hi DR Neil is right about that winder - its a feature of these vans. All the side windows are wind-down styled, and the front and rear are push-out hoppers. Don't quite know what the owner's plans are for this van, he's well into his 80's and it actually belongs to the son. The family has owned it from new.
Interestingly, as you commented, this is only the second Glen found, but the owner knows someone else who bought one at the same time as he did, but is not sure if it is still alive - darn!!! Don't worry, super sleuth Ray is still on the job!!!!!
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In late 2015, I revisited the premises of the owner of the only Known Glen in its original state as it was in 1943. I have to accept that I will m]never get this van, as the owner's son has plans himself to "do it up one day". So whilst there I took some better pics for posterity.