Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 17, 2008 16:25:42 GMT 10
Missed the story on Smoky Dawson. Tell us more. I presume that there was a bit of vision from Smoky's touring days with it? Was the Don a '34-'56 series with leadlight windows? Any indication of approximate date (ie of the photo/vision, not the van!)?
PS Trust you're missing most of the wild weather up your way.
Sorry the film went past too quick to get that info. But I will dig out the ouja board if you like. RE the weather. ITs not too bad, the really bad weather stops in townsville. Heres a story for you. Was flying back from brisbane yesterday and as we flew over Airlie beach the pilot told us to look out the window and see the monsoon trough below. Was eerie to look at. Then he said that another company jet full of ses workers had just flown into it to land in mackay. "Rather him than me, and I wish him luck" is not something I want to hear from the pilot of plane lol Cheers Scoot
Last Edit: Feb 18, 2008 1:14:18 GMT 10 by scootman
Yesterday I mentioned to my next door neighbour if she new anything about Smokey's caravan (when Google fails I always ask her about anything)
Today she turned up with a book "Smokey Dawson - A life"
The text that accompanies the photo reads - "By the end of 1947 we decided to go further afield and, after we'd bought a brand newDoncaravanserial number 461, Dot accompanied me when she could get the time off. It was my home for the next three years"
Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 18, 2008 21:45:57 GMT 10
I'm confused...what are you saying... my dad was Smoky Dawson? Did my mum know? And fancy Smoky including the serial number of the van in his book...
And why is one of my legs longer than the other now?
Nice photo though - thanks for chatting to your neighbour or whatever you did to find it. Well worth adding to the album; a bit like the picture of Bob and Dolly Dyer with their Carapark. I presume the sentence above the picture with the date is a quote from the book with some...um...modification?
Of all the serial numbers I could have picked I had to choose the one that Don R knew the history of.
Yes Don the quote is directly from the book, two pages before the photo actually so it does not precisely refer to the photo, but as it is the only caravan mentioned in the book that we can find I think it is safe to say the “Don” in the photo is the one Smokey bought in 1947.
Scoot.... sorry mate, do not loose faith in the written word I didn't see the TV footage, can you confirm that the above photo is the same as that shown on the news or do I have to go find another one ?.
Hi Harriett here just got back from the big fires at Pt Lincoln Sth Aust, cried at the site of all the old vans that had been burnt in particular one that you would have LOVED it was a DON!!! Couldnt get the number for you it was too bloody hot at the time and I was just a little bit busy, and more that a little bit too late to save it.
Sad to hear about the vans. I was going to make a humourous comment about the Don and priorities, but really when you think about the people who have lost their homes, the townspeople who have lost their livelihood for a time, and the firefighters who have been injured, humour is probably a bit out of place. Fortunately nobody has lost their life this time, and I gather that the injuries to the firefighters were minor, so that's something to be very thankful for.
Were you involved in the firefighting? If so, no wonder your were busy! Trust you weren't one of the injured?
Well, here we are 9 years later, and it's time this thread had an update...
On the way home from last week's V.V Nationals at Wangaratta, we stopped in Wodonga for morning tea and the obligatory look at the Op-shops. For a mere 50 cents, I purchased the following book, published in 1975...
I purchased it because while flicking through it, I came across this photo on page 61. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the text relating to the caravan...
I presume this is the same photo that cobber posted above, but which is now deleted by Photobucket. Note that another caravan appears to be behind the two rodeo trucks, but is somewhat hidden.
I have cropped the image to highlight the Don caravan...
If you want the full size scan, click on the thumbnail link below. WARNING: my computer says the full size scan has a resolution of approx 5000 x 7000 pixels, and has a file size of 8.32Mb, so please do NOT click on the thumbnail unless you have a high-speed internet connection...(or an awful lot of patience )
Elsewhere in the book on Page 85 is a glimpse of a caravan behind C&W singer Gordon Parsons, who recorded the majority of his records between 1946 and 1955. There is nothing in the text relating to the caravan - only the caption under the photo...
cheers, Al. Editorial note: Photo in post by Cobber referred to by Franklin1 has now been restored. Don Ricardo