Just goes to show that there's not much that's new in caravan design, including a caravan/boat combination!
The Brewer caravan seems to have been quite luxuriously fitted out for it's time. Fittings included "...6-valve superhet (?) radio, electric light over each berth, ice chest, zinc lined bread and cake cabinets, built-in breadboard, two 8-gal water tanks, wardrobe with six drawers, 8-day clock, five sponge rubber berths upholstered in red leather, ...table and seating accommodation for five adult persons, two-burner petrol stove with oven...", not to mention the 12 foot boat to seat six persons with upholstered seats and oars with leather grips!
Can you tell me, though, how a 12 foot long boat fits inside a 11 foot 6 inch long caravan??
The Brewer caravan/boat combination came at a price. At a time when a Windmill caravan cost the equivalent of $157 and a Don caravan cost $196, the Brewer cost between $400 and $550.
It appears from an advertisement in The Argus on 4 December 1937 (p 26), that the Brewer was a hit at the Coronation Motor Show held in May of that year and was named "Queen of Exhibit":
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 13, 2010 23:53:19 GMT 10
In researching the history of Olympic caravans, Boblor has discovered a connection between the Dimmack family (founders of the Olympic caravan company) and the Brewer Racket Company, which built Brewer caravans. According to Boblor:
Note also the apparent link between Brewer caravans and Brewer (tennis) rackets.
This 4 page brochure sold on ebay October 2011 It was described as
"Vintage late 1937 Brewers caravan brochure of 4 pages plus two other pages of Brewers products. Brewers were a Newport, Vic, based company who made caravans which included the Style Leader featured in this brochure which also was capable of carryibg a boat as well. Brochure is on good condition for its age with minor wear".