none

NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM ROLLS ON

26-09-2017
by 
in 
the australian motor museum, with vintage cars parked outside

It's sad days for the Australian motor manufacturing industry, as international brands close down their local manufacturing plants and move overseas. 

To remember what once was, and commemorate the efforts and successes of on-shore manufacturing, the National Motor Museum has captured the last days of big-brand Australian automotive manufacturing in its new exhibition: [Re]Assembled, a history of Australian automotive manufacturing.

National Motor Museum Director Paul Rees said the permanent exhibit, which opened this previous weekend, was curated with a keen awareness of the public sensitivity surrounding the impending Holden plant closure in South Australia.

“The installation was a true collaboration between the National Motor Museum’s curation team and GM Holden and came about through conversations about what could be done to capture the moment of the closure of the last automotive manufacturing assembly plant in Australia,” he said.

Supported by the South Australian Government, the innovative exhibition features history-making moments in Australian automotive manufacturing.

Rees said a highlight of the exhibit is the six Holden vehicles in various stages of completion hung on an assembly line from the museum ceiling.

“It’s the only display of its kind in the world. No other motoring or transport focussed museum in the world has tackled the engineering challenge of suspending so many vehicles from its ceiling,” he said.

“The display is also highly immersive with the aim for visitors to get a real understanding and feel for what it was like working in a manufacturing plant.”

One of the prized Holden models will be the signature Holden VF Commodore built at the soon-to-close Elizabeth plant in South Australia and signed by the Holden workers from the plant.

Rees said the exhibition highlights the automotive industry’s great history in Australia.

“[Re]Assembled focuses our attention on the history and the people behind the story of automotive manufacturing,” he said.

“The exhibition is built for generations to come and is the story of our great automotive manufacturing history.”

“At one point around one in six Australians were employed by it [the automotive manufacturing industry] and almost all Australians have owned or loved a Holden, a Ford, a Mitsubishi, a Chrysler,” said Bolognese.

“South Australia in particular has played a big part in the industry ever since the late 1800s.”

The opening of the exhibition on Sunday, September 24 coincided with the Bay to Birdwood, one of the largest South Australian motoring events for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles. 

Related news & editorials

  1. 20.09.2018
    20.09.2018
    by      In
    Control Logic has set its sights on expansion, with a new leadership team incorporating key roles in products and marketing, sales and development, and operations and services. The move aims to increase the company’s skill set and focus to drive innovation and expand the company’s expertise and... Read More
  2. 19.09.2018
    19.09.2018
    by      In
    The Australian Made Campaign is providing some valuable support for the nation’s furniture manufacturers with its latest initiative, which urges local buyers to ‘take comfort in their purchase’ and choose genuine Aussie furniture, bedding and furnishings this spring.
    According to Australian Made... Read More
  3. 12.09.2018
    12.09.2018
    by      In
    Siemens has unveiled its new manufacturing facility in Yatala (Queensland), which has been set up to support the growing global demand for the locally developed Fusesaver medium-voltage circuit breaker.
    The new factory is part of an ongoing $25 million investment in manufacturing and research of... Read More
  4. 11.09.2018
    11.09.2018
    by      In
    APS Industrial has relocated its Melbourne base into an all-new 4500m2 head office and national distribution centre in Rowville. The new facility includes an interactive product showcase room and state of the art conference facility.
    According to APS Industrial MD David Hegarty, “Since our launch... Read More