Post by Don Ricardo on Apr 8, 2008 22:23:09 GMT 10
Jennison Coach - the "Wildeshott" caravan
Manufactured by Jennison Caravan Cruisers Pty Ltd
292-6 Military Road, Cremorne NSW
Further information about the history of Jennison Caravan Cruisers can be found here
Jennison has provided the following photos of a Wildeshott caravan from the photograph collection of his grandfather, John Jennison. The Wildeshott caravan was apparently owned by a Mr and Mrs Cole, who may have been friends or clients (or both) of John Jennison.
(The following information about the Wildeshott being imported into Australia aboard the Zealandia has proved to be partiallly incorrect - see following replies. However, I have not made a correction at this point because otherwise the posts below would have no context. Don Ricardo, 13/4/2008)
The Wildeshott was imported from overseas aboard the TSS Zealandia and was unloaded in Australia on 8 February 1939. It is not known if the Wildeshott was imported by, or on behalf of the Coles, or whether they purchased it after its arrival.
The following shots show the van being unloaded at the wharf:
Comment on back of photograph: "The Wildeshott caravan hovering over the hold of T.S.S. ZEALANDIA on 8/2/39"
Comment on back of photograph: "The Wildeshott leaving the wharf on 8/2/39"
The following pics show some of the Cole's camping trips with the Wildeshott:
Comment on back of photograph: " The Wildeshott in Sydney"
Comment on back of photograph: "Mrs Cole in doorway of Wildeshott caravan"
Comment on back of photograph: "Wildeshott caravan under an oak growing in Berima NSW - Mrs Cole sitting in doorway"
Comment on back of photograph: "The Wildeshott caravan under oak tree growing in Berima NSW with Mrs Cole looking out of window"
Comment on back of photograph: "The Wildeshott caravan at Rules Pt with canvas annex up and Mrs Cole inside"
Source: Photographs and information posted on behalf of Jennison