Research callouts

LibraryOngoing research is required to strengthen the understanding of the National Motor Museum’s collections and to underpin its public programs, including exhibitions and education services.

Please contact the Museum if you woud like to help by providing any information, documents, photographs or brochures that relate to any of our research topics.

TJ Richards Body Builders - Chrysler Australia

Tobias John Martin Richards was a coach and wagon builder in South Australia, first learning the craft from Mr L Maraum of Hindmarsh Square. In 1885 T J Richards opened a small coachbuilding shop in Pulteney Street, Adelaide. Read more about TJ Richards Body Builders - Chrysler Australia >

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The Holden Company in Australia

J.A. Holden & Co was first established in Australia in 1856 by James Holden as a leather and saddlery business. Read more about The Holden Company in Australia >

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Ford Australia's Largs Bay Assembly Plant

In 1925 the Ford Motor Company of Australia was established with headquarters at Geelong, Victoria. In 1926 Ford Australia established an Assembly Plant at the Largs Bay industrial area, near Port Adelaide which closed in 1965.  Read more about Ford Australia's Largs Bay Assembly Plant >

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Lightburn & Co

Lightburn & Co was an Adelaide-based business established by Harold Lightburn in the suburb of Camden Park. The company initially manufactured household goods such as washing machines and small industrial products such as concrete mixers. Read more about Lightburn & Co >

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