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Postcard titled 'Nandi Sacred Bull, Benares' from Joan Richmond

2007.0034.0019

Postcard titled 'Nandi Sacred Bull, Benares' from Joan Richmond

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Description

Postcard sent from Joan Richmond in Benares (Varanasi) to her mother:
Darling Ma, Haven't heard from you for ages and ages. We're having a wonderful time, India's just marvellous. Not very hot, hotels comfortable and everyone goes out of their way to give us a good time. Benares is very very holy and also smelly but so interesting one forgets the smells. Beggars and Holy men, pilgrims etc, etc crowd the narrow winding streets. Sacred cows and bulls also wander at will, you can imagine what it's like to drive thru!
Tons of Love from Joan

Physical description

A postcard depicting a black and white photograph of three men with a statue of a bull and the text "Nandi Scared Bull, Benares". The postcard has a handwritten letter on the reverse which reads "Darling Ma / Haven't heard from you ...", and it is signed "Tons of Love from Joan". The postcard is addressed to "Mrs John Richmond / Toorak 3 E2 / Victoria / Australia", and it is postmarked "29 OCT 31."

Statement of significance

The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

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