Freedom on the Road: The Story of Caravans and Camper Vans in Australia

Presented by: Dr Pauline Payne

School of Humanities, Department of History, University of Adelaide

When: Saturday July 8 at 2:00pm

Where: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library (University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide)

Entrance to Ira Raymond Room is just inside the entrance doors of the Barr Smith Library to the east of the foot bridge from the red brick steps.

Visitors are welcome to attend. Gold coin donation. Afternoon Tea is available after the talk.

In recent years, Australian manufacture of caravans and campervans has exceeded the production of cars.

In the nineteenth century, railways gave the ordinary citizen new opportunities for travel; in the twentieth century motor transport enhanced these opportunities. By the 1920s a caravan built of wood and later, plywood, often home-built, enabled low cost holidays. In later decades more sophisticated motorhomes evolved. Now some folk live in motorhomes and caravans rather than in an ordinary house; a development highlighted in the American Tiny Houses TV series and today we see young women in four wheel drive vehicles in Top Of Down Under TV shows tackling river crossings and rocky tracks.

Today we see young women in four-wheel drive vehicles in Top of Down Under TV Shows, tackling river crossings and rocky tracks.  Some folk live in motorhomes and caravans rather than in an ordinary house; a development highlighted in the American Tiny Houses TV series.  In later decades more sophisticated motorhomes evolved.

With the advent of small electric cars, there is a need light-weight design. The speaker and her husband will describe how a small caravan can be constructed using aluminium and composite material. After the meeting there will be an opportunity to see an electric car with this kind of tear-drop caravan.

 

For further information please contact:

Bob Major (Secretary) – 0419 800 242

Dr Pauline Payne (President) – pauline.payne@adelaide.edu.au

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