A bit of research suggested that although there are still weblinks to a motor museum in Sydney, it closed in mysterious circumstances, so the automotive enthusiast needs to travel out of the city to find a display of motoring heritage. You don’t have to go very far, though, as about 1 hour south west of Sydney, located only a couple of kilometres off the main F6 Freeway, just beyond Wollongong, and you find the Australian MotorLife Museum. The Museum was established in 1992, and more recently move to its current premises, which also allowed for the incorporation of a collection of cars and memorabilia accumulated by the late Paul Butler. There are now two large display halls, with slightly dim lighting (apologies now for the dark photos in places) which provide an insight not just into the history of cars and motoring but also some other 20th Century inventions such as typewriters and gramophones. There is also a workshop on site, which is used for an on-going program of restoration.
These were the display highlights at the time of my visit in March 2012
1923 Overland featuring a 1.8 litre engine, and an Australian body
1933 Rover 14hp Pilot1947 Rover 161924 Morris CowleyFord Model T1910 Oakland 251935 Morgan 3 wheeler1934 Chrysler AirflowMG Magnette ZAHolden FJHupmobileLightburn Sports ZetaMiniMesserschmitt TS2501909 Model T FordDodgeLloyd Alexander TS1924 Rugby1934 Triumph Super Eight1927 Ford Model T1916 Humber 11.9hp1955 Series 1 Land-Rover1923 Summit Roadster1948 Holden 48-215, the FX1935 Jowett 10WhippetMorris J1963 Austin Truck1923 Rolls Royce 40/501923 Napier 40/50Oakland1913 MetzMorris MM Minor TourerAustin SevenAustin A40 Ute1921 Ford Model TT One TonInternational Pick Up1917 GMC BusLeyland1924 Garford Pump Fire Engine1951 Morris1942 Ford Blitz Fire TruckFiat 500Daimler SP250 DartAlvis TC/211924 Lanchester 401905 Battery Electric Crane1927 Auburn Straight Eight RoadsterThere were plenty of vintage motorbikes as well.Among the other memorabilia are a splendid collection of period petrol pumps which are displayed throughout the museum.More details are available at the museum’s own website: www.motorlifemuseum.com