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Holden launch

Holden launch'
From Defining Moments
1948: Australia's first locally made car is launched.


From exhibitions
Riders, bikes and the story of cycling in Australia.


Collection highlights

Used by Queen Elizabeth II on her first official visit to Australia.
A 1920s Model-T Ford truck used to promote Aeroplane Jelly.
Southern Cross Memorial, created by Austin Byrne between 1930 and 1993.
Driven by adventurer Francis Birtles in record-breaking overland car journeys of the 1920s.
O gauge trains from Australia and New Zealand in the 1930s-1960s.
Two bicycles belonging to Australia's first Tour de France winner.
This distinctive French car, dubbed the little lemon, was the first to travel around Australia.
The earliest motor car in the Museum’s collection, first imported to Australia in 1914.
Memorabilia associated with Australian aviation pioneers, Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm.
A road racing bike owned by the champion long distance cyclist.
This horsedrawn cart was used by Lincoln Park Dairy from the 1940s to 1987.
Owned by BHP manager and industrialist Essington Lewis, an early supporter of the Holden car.
An 1884 bicycle owned by champion penny-farthing racer Harry Clarke.
The definitive model for millions of cars and the sole survivor of three test sedans shipped to Australia.
Custom-made in the United States in 1889 for the Faithfull family of Springfield station.
A step-through ladies' safety bike from about 1910, designed by Marion's husband, Arthur.
A 1950s Holden Special Sedan owned by one woman for 25 years.
One of a fleet of horsedrawn vehicles used by the Newcastle & Suburban Co-operative Society from the 1940s.
A Concord coach used in northern New South Wales in the 1880s, and later in several films.
One of the oldest working paddle steamers in the world.
One of a few surviving examples of Australian engineer Edgar Percival's most successful aircraft designs.
Used to set solo cycling records across and around Australia.
One of Australia's oldest surviving horsedrawn vehicles, brought from Scotland by the Rankens in 1821.
A modified Roadmaster bicycle used by a Tasmanian woman in the 1940s and 1950s.
Harold Wright's remarkable home and workshop for 30 years.
A clock salvaged from the 'Southern Cloud' wreck, the site of Australia's first major civil air disaster.
A stunning example of the type of canoe made by Aboriginal people in the 19th century.
A full-size replica of the biplane glider used in Australia's first successful heavier-than-air flight.