When the restoration was finished a few years ago, it was brought back to Pinnaroo for the annual show and put on display. I had a look through it at the time, and it was absolutely amazing. I believe, in his day, Popp Parr supplied bakery items from Tailem Bend to Ouyen. He made a few bob doing it, as I also believe the purchase and fitout of the Highway Palace was the equivalent cost of 2 houses at the time. Cheers Steve
Highway Caravans.... The Highway Palace (see also the thread on fifth wheelers.)
This is page one of a four page article in a 2006 edition of “Caravan World” magazine.
The article states that “The Highway Palace” was built in the mid '40s by “Grace Brothers” who we have discovered were located at Swigg St Birkenhead not far from Adelaide. They also made a limited range of caravans consisting of two standard models known as the “Highway Castle” (with four berths) and the “Highway Cabin”.
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 3, 2011 22:01:18 GMT 10
While Grace Bros - who built the Highway Palace shown in the posts above - are referred to in various places as 'caravan builders', there seems to be very little information available about their activities. There are no articles in the press to be found about their vans, apart from the one about the Parr's Highway Palace, and it seems that Grace Bros were not big on promotion. This may suggest that they depended on recommendations for new customers.
The first reference to Grace Bros in the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper in April 1946 when the firm tendered out some construction work at their place of business.
The following advertisements and an article from The Advertiser provide some glimpses into the nature of their caravan building business:
Note that the advertisements refer to two models - the Highway Cottage, which had two doors, and the 16ft Highway Home. There is no reference in the adverts to the Highway Castle or Highway Cabin Cobber wrote about in the post that begins this thread. Notice also the emphasis on the vans being suitable for station owners, contractors and workmen living out on the job.
It appears that Grace Bros may have been held in some regard for their caravan building activities. The person sending the following enquiry to The Advertiser on 27 May 1952 (p 8) was referred to Grace Bros for further advice: