Wollongong Heritage and Stories

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1919 Republic Truck

At the time that this truck was built, Republic was the biggest manufacturer of trucks in the world.This vehicle came to Australian Motorlife Museum in pieces, but with much original component…

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Bonnie Gem caravan and contents

With the coming of the car, Australians were able to travel to their destinations much quicker than ever before, prompting them to explore more of their environment and spend more time in it.The…

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A Truly Australian Motorcycle

This motorcyce is one of only two surviving examples of a range of 12 motorcycles manufactured by David Spencer in Torwood, Brisbane between 1903 and 1910. Australian Motorlife Museum took ownership…

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The 1904 Innes Car

In the pioneering days of the motor vehicle, common practice was to purchase the parts, put them into a chassis and put the manufacturer's name on the finished product.

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Fuelling the Nation

In the early days of electricity in smaller towns and villages, priority of use was given to essential items such as street lights. Things such as petrol pumps were operated by hand.

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NRMA J Van

As motor vehicles became more affordable and people began to move further from their homes for driving holidays and day trips, the need for the National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) and its…

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Victor motorcycle

Motorcylces grew in popularity at the start of the 20th century and many people built their own. Motorcycles provided people with freedom and ease of travel and having a sidecar meant that you could…

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Clem Daniels and The Bacon Slicer

Clem Daniel, a well-known race tuner and sponsor through the 1950's, 60's and 70's, single-handedly ran an engineering business in Wollongong. Clem travelled for a time on the continental circuit with…

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Wayne Gardner - The Wollongong Whiz

Wayne Gardner is a former Grand Prix motorcycle racer and touring car racer, born and raised in Wollongong. He raced on the world stage from 1983 to 2002, starting out in racing on a second-hand…

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