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1926 Crossley Landaulette 'Canberra' car used for the 1927 Royal Tour and at the opening of Parliament House

1988.0120.0001

1926 Crossley Landaulette 'Canberra' car used for the 1927 Royal Tour and at the opening of Parliament House

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Physical description

Maroon and black 1926 Model 18/50hp 3.8-litre six cylinder Crossley type 1L Landaulette 'Canberra' car. Chassis number 40245. Engine number 40250. Current Commonwealth motor vehicle registration number ZID-888.

Statement of significance

The 'Victor Alberts collection no. 1' collection consists of a Crossley 'Canberra' landaulette manufactured in Manchester, England in 1926, an associated handbook and historical photographs. This stately maroon and black car was one of twelve imported to Australia for use by the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) during their 1927 royal tour of Australia. It was acquired for the National Historical Collection in 1976.

Primarily an iconic reminder of the royal tour, this vehicle has strong relevance to broad areas of Australian social history and can be used to address the themes of royal transport, the monarchy in Australia and innovation in the motor industry. As a rare, coachbuilt vehicle, the Crossley reflects the rise of the automobile industry in the early twentieth-century and the import of increasingly sophisticated European and American vehicles to Australia for recreational and ceremonial purposes.

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