G’day Ray, Thanks for those great photos of that very old van / camper trailer....the T model looks pretty good too. Both have had a top restoration job done on them eh?.
I thought it would be appropriate to post on this thread a photo of a very similar trailer mentioned by humpty2 previously. It is located at “Wildes Caravan Museum” near Buangor Victoria. Humpty said it was a 1910 model (was that date on it when you saw it Humpty?) I don’t have a photo of the inside but from memory it looked about the same as the one you posted Ray, but in much worse condition.
When these were made I wonder if they were called “caravans”...these days they would surely be called “camper trailers”. In any event they are great early examples of “Australia’s Touring Heritage”.
The information from Keith Winser’s Almanac is interesting Kathryn, thanks for sharing it with us.
Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 17, 2008 21:46:08 GMT 10
While rumaging through my V V files the other day, I came across this 1993 article from The Age providing a few more details about the camper trailer referred to by Cobber in Reply #3 above:
(Source: The Age , Wednesday, 14 July 1993, p 7)
By the shape and construction of the upper body, I think this is a different trailer to the one pictured in Cobber's post, but I stand to be corrected.
The article starts by calling it "Australia's oldest caravan", but then refers to it as a "camper trailer", which I think is closer to today's terminology. Interesting that it used to be towed behind a threshing machine, which in turn in 1910 would most likely have been drawn by horses.
Post by beetlesbailey on Aug 13, 2008 17:36:12 GMT 10
Re "Pop" Kaesler's Motor homes. Pop took his family on they're annual holiday from The Barrossa to Goolwa (or Victor Harbour) in 1927 and as was usual in those days they had to overnight somewhere but there was no room at the inn so they had to sleep in a barn."Jesus " Pop said I wont do this again so on his return home he built a house on the back of a 1924 DODGE (not a Ford). The local Mayor liked it so much that he bought it and pop set about building # 2 on a 29 Dodge truck which he went to Qld in. This is the one Geoff and Jude posted above and was photographed at a caravan park in the Barrossa. Nuriootpa I think. The first one is restored and in a museum in Goolwa S.A.
Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 11, 2008 21:02:49 GMT 10
A newsletter crossed my desk at work today. To my surpise it included the following photo:
(Source: AMI News - Special Edition, Dec 2008, p 12)
The caption says: "House on wheels. This caravan was built in 1932, the second one of its kind in Australia. It was built in Nooriootpa, South Australia." There is no other information and the pic bears no relationship to anything else in the newsletter. I think it was just included out of interest.
There is some writing on the bonnet which says 'Dodge 6...' but I can't read the rest. If you look carefully at the top of the picture you will see the rafters of a roof, so this appears to be the motorhome at Nooriootpa referred to by Gristy in the post immediately above.
The question is, is this the first of "Pop" Kaesler's motorhomes descripted by Beetlesbailey in Reply #9, and the twin of the one at Victor Harbour, or is this the Victor Harbour vehicle before it was restored and placed in the glass case? I think it is probably the Victor Harbour van.
Beetlesbailey said that the first of the Kaesler vans was built on a '24 Dodge, while the second was built on a '29 Dodge. I'm a bit hazy on the differences between a '24 and a '29 Dodge but on the basis of the above I'm assuming this is the '29 Dodge version?
Here we have a colour photo of what may be the first of the Pop Kaisler Motor homes.
It is taken from a book written by Peter Luck called “Australian Icons” published in 1992, the text reads, “In the 1920s a South Australian named Pop Kaisler had the bright idea of putting a house on his car. What he came up with was Australia's first 'Caravan', right up to the guttering on the roof. It's built on a 1924 Dodge and now resides in the Museum at Goolwa, at the mouth of the Murray.
Post by Don Ricardo on Jan 9, 2009 19:27:17 GMT 10
Hi Cobber and Firefighter,
Thanks for posting the photos. They answer some of the questions that have arisen from previous discussions about "Pop" Kaesler's 'motorhomes'. It has been confusing up until now because the motorhome that we've seen pictures of previously has obviously been repainted at some stage, and so it was unclear whether they were the same vehicle or not. Now we know for sure that they were actually the same vehicle. As it turns out, Mr Kaesler obviously used different architects for the two vans he built. ;D ;D ;D The external structure of the two houses is quite different.
So...the vehicle in Posts 6 & 11 is Pop's No 2 motorhome built in 1931 (or 1932?) on a 1929 Dodge and now on display at Noorioopta. While the vehicle in Posts 12 & 13 is Pop's No 1 motorhome built sometime between 1927 and 1931 on a 1924 Dodge and now on display at Goolwa.
Sorry that might sound all pretty obvious now, but I needed to get it straight in my own mind.
Nice piece of detective work coming up with the latest pics you guys. Another little V V puzzle solved.
hi harriet here . i would like others opinion .I found an old rabbitos van ,.in 1936 the factory next to his house imported tractor parts they gave him the ply wood crates .he made a small house like horse drawn van or a place to sleep when making his living from rabbits and fish . then he bought a 1940s car so he restyled it to tow behind the car . in 1952 he bought a holden ute . he then started work at holdens so the old van was stored in his shed till i found it .dont know if this fits v v standrds or not. harriet aka fitzy .
Sounds like a true blue 'home build' & he towed it obviously a bit when rabbiting/fishing.Some pics would be great of this survivor even if put up in the Whatever section.If you own it now,then it might be moved to the Members Photos.
Queenstown Tasmania. 1948/52 Mercury Teardrop. 1959 Phase III Vanguard Vignale.
You you can add an 'attachment' these days.... just click on the 'add attachment' tag in the top right hand corner of your post & click on the 'add files' tag, piece of cake ...... we need to see a photo of this old van.
This van built in 1928 at Eugowra near Canowindra NSW by a shearer and used by he and his wife to travel around NSW shearing . would have to come close to one of the oldest Australian built caravans that we have on record on any caravan website/ forum. It was towed with a model A roadster.. I rescued it from a machinery shed near "Hen and Chicken lane" out Blayney way... NSW
Thanks for resurrecting this thread with a truly vintage caravan, she's a beauty and still alive and well, but not the oldest example I'm sorry to say, although this one is no longer with us.
I don't know why I didn't post the following example of what would have to be the oldest caravan yet discovered in Oz in this thread.... I posted it in DHL
This photo is the cover of the latest book I have added to my library of caravanning books, this one is a genuine "Leisure Caravan".
The caravan was used by two Tasmanian gentlemen, Frank Styant Brown and Joshua Higgs Jnr to tour Tasmania in 1896 and again in 1899.... Only 11 years after Dr. William Gordon Stables used the Wanderer caravan to tour England, and gain the reputation for starting the leisure caravan touring industry.
The book was published by the Launceston Library in 2002 and is available from them, you can get more information on how to order HERE... it is available in paperback $34.95 or leather bound for $150