Took a drive from Cobram to Tocumwal on the long weekend. A delighful collection of caravans is housed at Chrystie's museum. (Please move to the 'Museum's that have caravans' thread if you think appropriate)
Don't let these photos stop you from visiting the museum.... it has much more to offer than just caravans.
Maybe you'd like to add it to the museum listing at the top of this thread?
It needs to be noted that the Museum is only open for short and somewhat unpredictable hours, so it is best to try and ring before hand to make sure it is going to be open before you visit. It took me three or four days of hanging around over two visits before I caught a day when it was open. (No criticism of the museum management or staff is intended - I'm sure it is hard to run a museum entirely with volunteer labour.)
Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 2, 2014 21:43:36 GMT 10
I had a message from Son No 1 today to tell me that he'd visited Campe's Motor Museum in Hamilton, Victoria. One of the items on display is the following caravan:
As you can see the caravan is labelled "My 1950 Teardrop", but it is a (small) full-sized caravan, not a teardrop. I thought I might be able to figure out who built it, but so far I've only worked out that it probably isn't either a Gypsy or a Carapark, both of which built 8, 9 or 10 ft vans without a back window. Any other suggestions as to the brand?
Another 'museum that has caravans' for the list Cobber, if you wouldn't mind.
Thanks to you and your well trained No.1 son for that info. ..... she's on the list
The Camps tell me they bought the van from a Tamworth resident who told them he made the van in the 1950s. They would dearly like to get hold of a vintage teardrop to put on display. The also said they have about 80 cars on display in the museum.
Post by Don Ricardo on Mar 3, 2020 22:10:23 GMT 10
I saw a video clip posted by Cruz on Facebook today about a new motor museum established in Deniliquin by the Purtill family. There are a couple of vintage caravans on display, including a 1930’s Paramount.
The details are:
The Depot Historic Collection 158 Hardinge Street Deniliquin NSW 2710
Post by thegeneral on May 14, 2020 14:32:39 GMT 10
Wagin Caravan Museum, With the committee formed an work already started and a lot to do so the June 1 long weekend we are planning a weekend camp out at the Wagin R.V. camp. No booking required but you can ring Brian 0408 090 962 to let him know that you are coming. For those who are interested we are having a work bee going or just drop in for a look or put your 2 bob's worth in. All V.V. and Classic vaner's welcome. Come for a day or stay the weekend. Any queries you can ring Graeme 0419096883..
Post by thegeneral on May 15, 2020 12:43:54 GMT 10
Hi Cobber nice to hear from you, over here they will open up the local region limit's on Monday so we can do a little journey. The museum wont be officially open for a while there are things to do also who can pass up a chance to get out and go somewhere in our van's . There are a couple of van's l need to dust and clean [you know which one's]. Graeme
Welcome to the forum and thanks for raising this subject.
Scattered around the forum there is mention of museums that have a caravan or two in them..... now is the opportunity to get them all in one place state by state and put them in DHL
NOTE ! NOT ALL MUSEUMS HAVE THE CARAVANS ON PERMANENT DISPLAY.... CHECK BEFORE YOU GO THERE. If any of the links don't work try doing a google on the name of the museum -------------------------------------------------------
[/b] Members of this forum Graham & Linda’s Vintage Caravan Museum is located at 68 Broadway, Dunolly. Open to the public most Fridays – Saturdays – Sundays – Mondays. $2 entry , group bookings by appointment. Contact : 03 54681380 0409173461 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see an article about the collection.
In Victoria at Buangor there is a collection of old and very old caravans owned by Kevin Wild Ph # 0408503914... phone before you go there.
In South Australia at Hahndorf the painter Hans Heysen's 1932 caravan (actually a camper trailer) is apparently on display at his house "The Cedars": www.hansheysen.com.au
At Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley at the “Barossa Valley Tourist Park” you can inspect one of the “Motor Homes” built by “Pop” Kaesler in the late 1920s.... and you can buy a post card featuring the motor home
At Goolwa'The National Trust' of South Australia have a museum containing the first of 'Pop' Kaesler's caravans, built in 1929 it was bought by the Mayor of Goolwa later that year when Pop & family visited the town while touring. The Museums web site is HERE. Advisable to contact them before travelling there to visit.
( Often some speculation as to when each of these vans was built I have relied on This document )
NEW SOUTH WALES
In New South Wales at Tocumwal there is “Crystie's Museum” which is a collection of all sorts of farm equipment including some very interesting caravans. Ph # 0358743358. See some photos on page two of this thread.
Also in NSW is the “Australian Motor Life Museum” at Kembla Grange (near Wollongong). It is mainly a motor museum supported by the NRMA... but it does have a couple of caravans. www.australianmotorlifemuseum.com
At Wagin : The Wagin Caravan Museum. Started by one of our forums long time members 'Nobelsgarage' together with a few friends. At the moment it is open by appointment only so ring Brian on 0408090962 before turning up at the 'Wagin Woolorama Showgrounds' where the museum is located. Read a bit about it HERE
Cobber, don't forget the WA update I provided just above the Qld post re York WA. (The VW in the background is the oldest VW in Australia. One day I caught the earliest flight from Brisbane to Perth, hopped in a rental car and drove to York. I made it just in time before closing)!