That's another blast from the past that one.... love the corrugated iron roof.... although it doesn't appear to be corrugated on the inside photo . What we need now is for some Tasmanian to go to the museum and get some quality pictures of this old girl, tell 'em you represent the 'Australian Vintage Caravan Historical Society' and they should let you take photos of the inside too.
I have speared off a request to the museum for further info ie photos, details etc on the van. If they can't help a further request made for them to point me in the right direction. The museum is temporarily closed at the moment undergoing some major reworks. Wait and see what sort of response is given. Next step is to contact the author of the article.
G'Day All Update to "Made in Tasmania". I received a response from the 'main man' at the museum. Interesting to note there may be another van requiring 'relocation'. If anyone is interested pm me and I will pass details to Jon.
Dear Doug, Sorry I have been so hard to get hold of. Your email has actually come at the right time, as yesterday we finally picked the caravan up from the donor (the newspaper article was done at the donor's house and it has taken us quite a while to get the caravan picked up). It was quite an exercise, as the shed had sunk a bit, making it impossible to put the wheels back on until we slid it out on pieces of ply. After a short trip on a flatbed truck the caravan is now finally at the museum. We will not be restoring it, in order to keep as much original as possible, but certain bits will need conservation work or small amounts of cosmetic touch-ups. Attached are some photos from our initial viewing. You will be able to see the caravan properly when it is on display in the museum at Inveresk after November this year. Incidentally, the museum holds an additional (slightly later) plywood caravan which we have decided to remove from the collection in order to collect our new much better example. We will be searching for a good home for the old one, and you may know of someone interested. I will keep you posted if you are interested, and can send photos - we need to get the deaccessioning (museum speak for officially removing from the collection) done properly first though. This caravan was towed by a Chevrolet car (bought in about 1929) in the same bottle green as the caravan, and the owners changed the wheels on the caravan to Chevvy wheels to match the car. Although we don't have an exact date for the caravan it was probably made around 1930. It is interesting also in that it has a bath under the back seat with a sink built in there as well.
Latest chapter on the van at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston. I received the following note today from Jon at the Museum and passed on my thanks for the continued updating. Hope we can make a few new 'friends' with the van and keep tabs on its progress.
A while ago you emailed me and requested information on our 1930s caravan. As far as I remember I sent you through some photographs. You may be interested to know that the caravan is currently undergoing conservation work, and the Conservator who is coordinating the work has given the caravan a Facebook profile, and will be updating her photographs of the work taking place on this site. Search for Nineteen-thirties Caravan as a name in Facebook if you use it. I am sorry I cannot send you a link on this email, as our system blocks social networking sites at work. (Jocelyn, one of our conservators, set up the profile from her home computer).
The caravan is starting to look really fantastic, with cleaning and consolidation of the paintwork taking place. You will be able to see it in the display from the 19th of November, after the first stage of our redevelopment project opens.
I wonder if old humpty2... who owns Janorma.. shown on the thread here... is watching this thread and sees similarities in the way his 'van and this 'van are painted ..... and a few other things look about the same age too?
Fibreglass fantasia!....a Sunliner, a Carlight Continental plus one for spares (fibreglass roof & ends)... 52 homemade plywood and a Fibreglass Kennedy lookalike awaiting a brand/name (might be Skyline?) ................. EH Premier S/Wagon & '56 FORD Country Sedan for my towcars
Latest, up-to-datest on the van (after a call to the QVMAG this morning) is the cleanup of the van is complete on the outside however work continues on the interior. It appears the person connected to the facebook site 'Nineteen-thirties Caravan' may no longer be with the museum hence the no response to pm's I have sent and the lack of updates on that particular site.
Check the "Tasmanian Connections" pdf for contact numbers re van if interested.