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Memorabilia

Foundation Archive Information Presented in Præclarvm

Since 2012, the Foundation's Honorary Archivist, Gilbert Ralph, has been informing Members of the RROCA in their bi-monthly magazine, Præclarvm, of items in the Archive which are part of the story of Rolls-Royce and Bentley in Australia. These articles are the result of intense research by Gilbert and his team of volunteers searching through the Foundation’s many documents and photographs.

They are presented here to give some indication of the amount and depth of information retained in the Foundation’s Archive at Bill Allsep House.

Please click on the photographs to access the complete articles.




Præclarvm 6-16, pages 7074

A Brace of Cars from South Australia

In this two-page spread some of the Archive’s photos of South Australian members' cars of the past are featured.

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Præclarvm 5-16, pages 7037

Researchers visit the Archive

In this edition the Honorary Archivist gives details of a group of motoring researchers who visited the Archive to tap the information in the historic material it holds.

As well there is an article on materials the Archive was given at the 2016 RROCA Federal Rally in Bendigo.

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Præclarvm 5-16, pages 7038

A Brace of Cars from Western Australia

In this two page spread some of the Archive's photos of Western Australia members' cars of the past are featured.

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Præclarvm 4-16, pages 7002

The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

Following the 2-16 edition of Bentleys in the immediate post-war period, displayed here are the Rolls-Royce offerings from 1947 when the Silver Wraith was introduced. These early cars were mostly recognised from their use of Lucas P.100 and R.100 headlamps, and radiator mounted ahead of the front axle centreline, the latter common to only two pre-World War Two Rolls-Royce types: the 25/30hp Wraith and Phantom III.

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Præclarvm 2-16, pages 6930

The Bentley MkVI

Here the Honorary Archivist displays several of the special bodied examples of the Bentley Mk VI model that were available in the immediate post-war period. The photos were provided by the coachbuilders to enable customers to select from the range of special bodies available.

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Præclarvm 1-16, pages 6900

Amy Johnson’s Rolls-Royce Identified

Here the Honorary Archivist recounts how in Issue 4-15 of Præclarvm, p6779, he contributed an article about Amy Johnson in which it was suggested that the Silver Ghost she was riding in was 65LK and asked if any reader was able to confirm that. But immediate response from two members corrected that Chassis Number to 34YG, which leads to an interesting history of that motor car.

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Præclarvm 1-16, pages 6892

Charles Sykes Revisited

The Foundation’s Honorary Archivist describes the recent donation of a figurine of Charles Sykes.

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Præclarvm 6-15, pages 6858

The Sprit; Celebrating 75 Years of the Rolls-Royce Motor Car

This book of 24 pages features water colour scenes of Rolls-Royce motor cars being enjoyed by owners in the years 1904 to 1979. The book includes an Introduction by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu who describes early motoring and his love of Rolls-Royce motor cars, lamenting ‘there are too many of them’.

Part 2 of a 2 part selection of the water colours.

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Præclarvm 5-15, pages 6822

The Sprit; Celebrating 75 Years of the Rolls-Royce Motor Car

TThis book of 24 pages features water colour scenes of Rolls-Royce motor cars being enjoyed by owners in the years 1904 to 1979. The book includes an Introduction by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu who describes early motoring and his love of Rolls-Royce motor cars, lamenting ‘there are too many of them’.

Part 1 of a 2 part selection of the water colours.

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Præclarvm 4-15, page 6779

Amy Johnson and Rolls-Royce

The Honorary Archivist of the Foundation describes finding, in a collection of newspaper cuttings, the attached coloured picture featuring a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost carrying Amy Johnson around the Geelong Racecourse. The search is then on to identify the car.

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Præclarvm 2-15, pages 6710 - 6713

The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Archive and You

The Honorary Archivist of the Foundation describes how the Collection Policy of the Foundations is achieved through the ‘collection, documentation and exhibiting of any objects whatsoever illustrating or connected with the science of mechanical engineering and especially related to the work of Sir Henry Royce.’

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Præclarvm 1-15, page 6678

James Young Body Photos from the John Bull Collection

Following on from Præclarvm 6-14, this edition shows photos from James Young Ltd body designs from the late 1940s through to 1965.

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Præclarvm 6-14, page 6642

Hooper Body Photos from the John Bull Collection

Recently donated to the Foundation was material from the collection of the late John Bull, a member of the RROCA, South Australia Branch. Shown here is a selection of photos sent to him in 1967 by the then Managing Director of Hooper & Co (Bodybuilders) Ltd, Osmond F. Rivers.

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Præclarvm 5-14, page 6605

More on the Angas Family cars

The previous edition of Præclarvm (Issue 4-14, pages 6567-6576) outlined the history of the Angas family and their association with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Here, more interesting details are discussed.

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Præclarvm 4-14, page 6567

The Angas Family and Their Pre-War Motor Cars

The Angas family are a well-known and respected family of pastoralists descended from George Fife Angas, who became Chairman and a major shareholder of The South Australian Company. In 1909 Charles H. Angas was the first person to import a Rolls-Royce into South Australia, and he and his three sons, Ronald, Dudley and Keith, all became enthusiastic motorists. This photograph album highlights their choices in exotic cars.

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Præclarvm 2-14, page 6486

The Barr Smiths and their Proper Motor Cars

Over three generations, the Barr Smith family of South Australia had at least 24 Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars, which may well place them in the category of the most prolific owners/users of those two marques in Australia..

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Præclarvm 1-14, page 6462

Claude Mason and his cars

Members and visitors to Bill Allsep House will admire the unique models of a Silver Ghost and a 20hp on display amongst the Foundation‘s collection. Both 2-metre-long models are the work of one man: the late Claude Mason..

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Præclarvm 3-13, page 6310

A selection of photographs from David Shmith

Here are photographs of particular interest because of their Australian content. They were donated by David Shmith, former Managing Director of York Motors in Sydney. David’s father, Maurice Shmith, joined Tarrant Motors in 1904 as a car washer, and by 1910 he was Sales Manager. With some partners he established Yellow Cabs in 1924, and in 1932 he was instrumental in the formation of York Motors, Sydney, of which he was Managing Director until succeeded by his son, David.

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Præclarvm 2-13, page 6280

Do you have an Australian Body?

If you are a lucky owner of a body built by one of the 83 known Australian coachbuilders who have designed and constructed coachwork on Rolls-Royce or Bentley motors cars in Australia, and you want to know more about the firm in question, this article may have something of interest to you.

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Præclarvm 6-12, page 6209

One man’s contribution to the SHRF Archive

One of the functions of the Sir Henry Royce Foundation, Australia, is to collect anything related to Sir Henry Royce. The Archive is the repository of the Foundation’s collection, and attendees at meetings of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, Victoria Branch, have the opportunity to see some of the larger items on display in the meeting room. Others who venture into the Archive itself see very little apart from a vast collection of archive boxes stored neatly on the rows of shelving. The most recent of these contains a small selection of the hundreds of items donated by one man: David Neely.

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Præclarvm 5-12, page 6172

James Radley beats a train from London to Monte Carlo

James Radley (1884-1959), the English adventurer, shared a passion for ballooning, flying and motor racing with the Hon. Charles Rolls. But unlike Rolls he survived his numerous exploits and died an old man. Radley competed in the Austrian Alpine Trials of 1912, 1913 and 1914 in three different Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts; 1930E, 2206E and 18PB respectively. He was successful in the latter two events – but that is another story which will no doubt be featured during 2013, the centenary of his first success. There is however a lesser-known motoring event for which he received notoriety in November 1913: he broke the speed record for motoring between London and Monte Carlo in a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, 2521, a 1913 model with a light tourer body fashioned by his own Portholme Coach Works business in Huntingdon, UK.James Radley (1884-1959), the English adventurer, shared a passion for ballooning, flying and motor racing with the Hon. Charles Rolls but unlike Rolls he survived his numerous exploits and died an old man. Radley competed in the Austrian Alpine Trials in 1912, 1913 and in 1914 in three different Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts; 1930E, 2

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Some of the Historical Items Held in the Foundation's Archive

James Radley's trunk

James Radley's trunk

James Young Ltd Coachwork Designs

James Young Ltd Coachwork Designs