The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

Some of the later postings include car club outings and other vintage car items that I hope will be of interest to people.

If you have the time, scroll back to where it all began in 1973 and follow the journey so far.

Thanks for dropping by.

Regards Ray Dean

See my new section "The Red Chev - Repairs, Improvements, Maintenance and Technical Details" located on the left hand side of the screen.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Collection of Car Pictures from Queensland from early 1900's to early 1930's

When Patrick Ryan first sent this collection to me I knew it was something special but was not able to load it on the blog. Patrick went to a lot of extra work to resend it in a suitable format.

I think you will agree it was well worth the effort.

One of the best collections of early motoring I have seen , and all from Queensland.

Includes the first car in Queensland.

A hard working 1916 Ford in Boulia fitted with a set of rare accessory Buffalo wire wheels.

New Ford cars for sale at the 1915 Kilcoy Show.   They were a sensation judging by the crowds of excited people.

A 1912 Ford in Stanthorpe celebrates the end of the war in 1918.

A 1917 or later Ford in Boulia preparing for a hunting trip.

The North Gregory Hotel, Winton. The cars are not easy to pick. The first on the right looks like an Alldays & Onions, next is a Cadillac the next could be a Darraq. No idea of the rest.

This very handsome looking 1916 Jeffery truck was built by the people who later made the Nash car.

A Velie on the left and a modified Cole on the right. Photographed at Southport

The first motor car to reach Maleny. A 1909 Cadillac.

A 1913 Cadillac in Windorah.

A man and a boy work on their car in Childers. What make of car is it?

An ambulance based on a Talbot car. A popular British make.

Can anyone guess the make of car in this picture?   Its a difficult one. The aeroplane radiator cap is a clue.

The first car in Queensland. The year is 1900 and the car is a Locomobile steamer.

These Brisbane people are very well off.   Look at their house and the beautiful Napier they own.

More well off people who appear to have procured a Napier too.

Outside the Shorncliffe pub wait two ladies in a very fine looking 1917 Studebaker.

Outside the Barcaldine shop a family poses in a very fine looking 1918 Studebaker.

Outside the Winton pub stands a 4 cylinder 1917 Studebaker and two dapper chaps in a 1914 Buick Roadster

In Stanthorpe these 1917 to 1919 model cars are looking well used and a little weathered.

They are a Cadillac, Studebaker and (perhaps) Dort

A 1928 Studebaker service car in Birdsville.

At the back of Parliament House in Brisbane a chauffeur waits in a Panhard-Lavassor from 1905 -1907.

A family poses in a De Dion Bouton at Shorncliffe

The Trevethan family of Toowoomba pose in in their new De Dion Bouton in 1906.

A 1906 De Dion Bouton after lying forgotten in a barn for a more than a century

Again at Shorncliffe, this time its a 1913 Overland.

The first car to make it to Camooweal was this Talbot.

A Dodge roadster outside the Ford agency at the Gold Coast.

Cars at Maroochydore appear to be Chev, Jewett and Morris.

The 1924 Buick was the last of the 4 cylinder models and is easy to pick by the decorative aluminum beading on the inside edge of the radiator shell. The model began with two wheel brakes only, but this example as you can see has front wheel brakes. Very handy for coming down from Mount Tamborine, which is where the picture was taken.

This 1923 Buick is having a tough life at Birdsville.

 This 1926 Buick seems to be having a better life at Toowoomba

A young mechanic feels the front hubs on his 1917 Buick to test the temperature of the wheel bearings
This 1923 Buick seems to be having a very tough life at Warwick.

The Buick outside the Rathdowney Pub has a perpendicular windscreen meaning it is

earlier than 1920.

A Vice-regal Crossley in Brisbane during the Prince of Wales visit.

A 1927 or 28 Fiat on a station near Boulia.   The Ford behind it is loaded with wool bales

The Birdsville pub, this is hard country for men and cars.

In 1925 the Brisbane Albion dealer used this 1906 model for advertising. It was still in daily use.

There were always plenty of interesting cars parked outside the North Gregory Hotel.

The Redcliffe Bridge was popular in the 1930s.   This line-up appears to be led by a 1929 Marquette tourer.

More early cars in Birdsville. No clue as to what makes they are.

No clues about the car parked outside the house at Redcliffe in the late 1920s.

Main Street Toowoomba with a classy looking Willys-Knight parked on the right hand side.

This is a much earlier picture of Toowoomba with a pair of very early cars in the street.

Cars were a rarity in the first ten years of the last century.

Toowoomba appears to have had more than its fair share of them however.

The butter factory at Wondai in the late 1920s, the car on the right could be a Chrysler or Pontiac.

 How to negotiate a flood at Barcaldine. I think the car is a 1911 Little but the hub caps dont look right.

Heres another way of crossing the same Barcaldine flood. The ute looks like a Dodge with a Chev tail light.

This picture of Warwick in the late 20s is too poor to identify the cars, but the one on the right looks a bit exotic

The Warwick Ford agency in the early 30s

Toowoomba in the early 20s.

Victory day, Barcaldine 1918. The car is hard to pick but I would say Flanders or Paige. The early Paige wasnt a big seller here so if thats what it is, its unusual.

Building in Barcaldine with a 1927 Dodge parked out the front.

A 1916 Ford in Warwick

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