50th Anniversary Picnic at the Mill

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The Museum will be open normal hours from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm The anniversary celebrations will be between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
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National Motor Museum

Sunday 22 November 2015

The National Motor Museum in Birdwood, South Australia reaches a significant milestone later this month when it commemorates its 50th anniversary.

Originally opened by motoring enthusiasts Jack Kaines and Len Vigar on 20 November 1965, the Museum has developed over the decades to become the largest collection of historic and classic vehicles in the country.

Director of the Museum Paul Rees says, “We will have live music, entertainment, children’s activities and food vans, plus there will be guest speakers, book signings and a large display of historic vehicles owned by community members who are bringing their pride and joy up to the Museum for a once-off exhibition on the lawns.

“We are also launching a brand new photographic exhibition focussed on the history of the mill building. And for those interested in viewing one of the largest collections of motoring publications in the Southern Hemisphere, the George Brooks research library will have a rare public opening.

“It is all about the stories behind the vehicles”, adds Rees. ”The collection holds diverse significance for many people. For some it evokes memories of early driving experiences, while others are reminded of the social history and the stories behind the objects in the collection.”

The Museum has been marking its 50th anniversary throughout the year, and it all comes to a conclusion on Sunday 22 November with the cutting of a special cake by direct descendants of the two founders.

Pre-entries are closed, however, historically registered vehicles can still enter the event on the day via our Church Street gate from 9.00am – 11.00am. Enquiries to Pauline on 8568 4022

Special event
National Motor Museum
Shannon Street
Birdwood, SA 5234
Adult: $5.00
Concession: $5.00
Child: FREE


Hi there .   I am the Event Director for the Gawler Car Club  The largest old car club in South Australia.   I am wondering about the on line booking individually and would like to know if our club came up all together with around 40 Club Registered vehicles could we pay as a group or individually when we arrived around 1030am.  Some of our members are not computer literate  . Regards  Bruce E Williams     events@gawlercarclub.com'; // -->

worked there from 1982 to 1992, love the place love the people and miss you all . 

yes, my stint was 1984 - 1997; many memories of the good times we had working there. So much activity every weekend there.

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