Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 10, 2010 22:01:28 GMT 10
Manufactured by H E Baily Devonport, Tasmania On 29 May 2009, Veedubnut wrote:
Long time since I have logged in I know! I was in Tassie recently (going back again soon, beautiful place) whilst in Hobart i was perusing the Salamanca Markets and came across a gentleman who sells these prints and could not resist this one... I did not want to scan incase it was subject to copyright... I wanted to share it with you not sure if any of you have seen this photo before.
Here it is...
Insciption reads: Baily's Garage Hire and Tour Devonport 1936
The recently published history of the RACV Caravan Club 70 Years, includes a page from the 15 February 1937 edition of The Radiator (the RACV magazine of the time) which shows an advert for Baily's Caravans for hire. The advert indicates that the caravans were "Beautifully Equipped with Beds, Electric Light, Radio, Wardrobes, Drawers, Sink and Water Tank, Cutlery, Crockery and BOAT" (their capitals).
The advert does not indicate whether the vans were built by Baily's themselves, or were specially built for them, but the photos show that they were of a very unusual design - by the look of it, most probably to carry a dinghy as standard equipment.
In fact several caravans of the 30's were designed to carry a boat for 'the complete holiday' - a subject for another day...
A nice find, what a great looking van. By coincidence I found the attached item during a Trove search the other day. Bailey's Caravans of Davenport, Tasmania, an advertisement offering his vans for sale or hire from November 1936. I have found a few recently for him, but this is the first with a photo of a van and in it you can see the same sign writing so easy to guess what I reckon it is.
Baily offered a boat hire option with the van which was fixed somehow to the sloping rear of the van, visible in the advertisement, and one of the vans in Don R's photo, so old mate in the chair may have it ready for a quick escape.
I think the first word across the top of the sign writing is 'Hire' and the first across the bottom is 'Bailey's'.
Don R's photo of the vans shows both vans with the sign writing. The van on the right seems to be a smaller version and the lower half of the open door partly obscures it. Is it an odd feature the top half of the door opens to the opposite side?
Piecing together the bits of info so far, I believe the writing on the top half says HIRE AND TOUR, and the first part at the bottom says what you said, BAILY'S. That leaves a few letters after Baily's to work out. Plus there's other writing in the middle of the circle.
[Edit: Perhaps the rest of the letters on the bottom half say GARAGE? The writing in the middle of the circle might include the word DEVONPORT?]
Last Edit: Nov 26, 2012 14:46:39 GMT 10 by Franklin1
Post by beetlesbailey on Dec 6, 2012 15:19:14 GMT 10
I rekon I mentioned the first photo on here quite some time ago or replied to some one elses post on it. I Being a Bailey have had this photo for about 15 years and was always amazed at the height to the top of that boat. It must be about 13- 14 ft. Imagine the wind resistance and the danger of hitting tree branches when going to the river in the 39's. I reckon it would have been unuseable if Dad had tried to tow it to Budgewoi lake in the 50,s and 60,s. I love the shot though. Beetles
Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 2, 2013 19:33:29 GMT 10
A bit more information about the caravans built by H E Baily in Devonport, Tasmania - this "advertorial" reports on Mr Baily's display at the 51st Wynyard Autumn Show, and was published in the Burnie Advocate on Thursday 26 March 1936 (p 6):
The article confirms that the arrangement for attaching a boat on the back of the van, as shown in the pics above, was one of the features of Baily's caravans.
It seems that Mr Baily was a bit of an entrepreneur. Not only had he designed and built caravans for sale and hire, but he also had designed and built a "breakdown wagon" (tow truck) which was available to assist motorists. The breadth of his business is indicated in this advertorial published in the Advocate on Thursday, 10 November 1938 (p9):
Other advertorials in the Advocate indicate that at various times Baily was an agent for Plymouth, De Doto, Chrysler, Austin, Wolseley and Riley cars, Morris cars and trucks, Thorneycroft commercial vehicles, Velocette motorbikes, and Howard rotary hoes. He regularly had displays of his products, including his caravans at agricultural shows across north-west Tasmania.
Baily's caravans were first mentioned in the Advocate advertorials in 1935, and last referred to in the November 1938 article posted above. Later Baily advertorials which continued in the Advocate through to the late 40's, continue to talk about the cars and agricultural equipment for which he was agent, but not his caravans.