1926 The first motor honeymoon around Australia by Muriel Dorney

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The newly married couple had a brand new 1926 Willys Overland Whippet (only just released onto the market that year) which they had to modify as their sleeping platform as well as transport. Husband Jack, had extensive knowledge of bush life and exceptional mechanical ability from years on isolated bush tracks.. His new bride Muriel, from her school teaching background, decided to keep notes and take the occasional photo for the book she planned to write of the adventure. The book as titled above, is of 214 or so pages in paperback form with 52 illustrations. This rare publication will one day I hope, appear as an 'e-book' otherwise few adventure minded souls will ever get to draw a parallel between then and now
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 14:48

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 14:48
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Thanks for that Brian. I found it very interesting and, like you, hope that it appears as an e-book one day.
Copies of the original publication are not just "rare" but fetch thousands of dollars!

In doing a follow-up search on Muriel's book I encountered a link to "Pioneering Australian Motor Car Travel".
It provides a short review of Muriel's book together with a dozen others. Each amazing efforts and one, "Across Australia in Seven Days", from Fremantle to Sydney in 1918, just on one hundred years ago on unsealed roads. It is not easy to do that today in 7 days!

My own father drove from Adelaide to Perth in 1949 in a Vauxhall Velox with his brother and their wives. I don't know how long the return journey took and cannot imagine how he managed the fuel supply. However, recalling his feat always puts my own achievements in a Troopy in their proper proportion!
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian H16 - Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 15:44

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 15:44
Ripper Allan ! Glad you also enjoy and respect those who went before us. I searched for a year or so before I got my copy, from, of all places, a little book shop ( I never did see it. Now gone I believe. Was on the original highway I used to ride my Tiger 110 on near Glass House mountains ) I was rocked when I found it was priced at $90, but was still worth as just not available. I will contact the publishers if still around and also check who has copywright as would be easy to e-publish it. Your message made my day. Roll on !
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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 15:37

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 15:37
Sounds like an interesting book which I would like to read.

Without taking anything away from the adventures of Muriel Dorney, the first Mayor of Leonora, William Snell, back in 1897, cycled from Menzies to Melbourne via Adelaide, doing the trip in 26 days, and was the first to undertake this journey. He was looking for Pastoral land at the time and made no attempt to establish a record trip.

They didn't have things easy in those days.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 15:40

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 15:40
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Not only was it not "easy" Rowdy, but they did it without bragging.
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Reply By: Member - Brian H16 - Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 16:02

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 16:02
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Reply By: Member - gujimbo - Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 17:58

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 17:58
Greetings all,
Try the State Library Vic for a digital copy (link is too long to paste).
NOTE 206Mb and 219 pages pdf file!.

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Reply By: Tony F8 - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 18:09

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 18:09
Downloaded this last night after reading about it on here, good insight into times gone by.
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Follow Up By: noggins - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 19:29

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 19:29
LINK SHOWS
AN ERROR HAS OCCURED
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Reply By: Member - Blue M - Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 02:23

Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 02:23
Try Here to Download

I just had a flick through the first few pages, could be an interesting read.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 09:52

Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 09:52
An error came up on that link, Blue, on my iPad?

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 10:45

Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 10:45
Yes, I get an error with every link that has been provided. Win7 PC, all browsers.

Maybe the vic library server only works office hours :-)?
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue M - Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 12:25

Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 12:25
That's rather weird, I went into the preview mode and checked it several times before I posted it.
It is almost as weird as the time stamps on here,
My post was Submitted: Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 01:14
Bob's reply was Submitted: Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 22:52
Frank's reply was Submitted: Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 23:45

Maybe this one will work

If not I give up

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