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  • Support The SHRF | hrfoundation

    Supporting the SHRF The SHRF relies upon cash donations to cover the cost of housing, insuring, and conserving the paper archive and the collection of artefacts including motor vehicles. To see the current cost of operating the SHRF follow this link to the Financial Statements . You will see that the Trustees and the volunteers receive no money from the SHRF. They volunteer their time and meet their own expenses. 100% of donations is applied to the charitable objects of the Foundation. DONATE CASH To donate cash to the SHRF you can: transfer from your account by EFT to BSB 034 010 ACC 226 498 If you donate $10,000 or more, the SHRF will retain the capital in the Benefactors’ Investment Fund and use the earnings to fund archival, heritage and educational activities. Cash donations of $2 or more receive a tax-deductible receipt from the SHRF. If you leave a bequest in your will, please advise the chair@henryroycefoundation.com . ​ The SHRF relies upon donations to acquire the paper archive and the collection of artefacts including motor vehicles. The SHRF has no budget provision to purchase papers or artefacts. DONATE PAPERS OR ARTEFACTS The SHRF can accept donations of papers and artefacts consistent with the collections policy link. The SHRF may sell or decline donations of paper or artefacts that: are not consistent with the collections policy, or replicate items already held within the archive or the collection of artefacts, or are not roadworthy, or cannot be housed, insured or conserved within the budget. Donations of paper or artefacts cannot receive a tax-deductible receipt from the SHRF. If you donate paper or artefacts valued at $5,000 or more then you may be eligible for a tax deduction under the ATO Cultural Gifts Program link. If you want to donate paper or artefacts valued at $5,000 or more, please advise the chair@henryroycefoundation.com . SHRF - Supporting the Foundation (Margaret & Barrie Gillings) Play Video Supporting the Foundation Watch Now Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Share Channel Info Close

  • Donations / Donating | hrfoundation

    Donation of Items, Funds & Bequests "When sorting out your stuff and clutter; This is for the SHRF, you mutter." ​ The Foundation is a not for profit, registered charity so is financed entirely by donations and cash or in kind. It is exempt from paying tax. All donations in cash over $2 are tax deductible and receipts are issued for tax purposes. Donations in kind must satisfy the Foundation’s Collection policy. If tax deductibility is sought, it must be valued by an approved valuer abiding by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. All donations are recorded in permanent records held by the Foundation. The Chairman of Trustees acknowledges these donations by letter. In the case of major donations, the Foundation will provide documentation entitled ‘Deed of Gift’. Any person or corporation can contribute to the Foundation and all amounts and items are much appreciated. There are several ways you can donate; Donating memorabilia and items related to Royce and his engineering career Our archivist would be happy to receive original records and histories of Rolls-Royce and Bentley vehicles, service handbooks, photographs, books and publications, drawings and diagrams, manuals, RROC-A program, mementos, souvenirs, artworks and more. Larger items such as engines related to Royce i.e. aero, steam or crane are also desired. If you wish to donate item(s), please download this form . If you are require more information about the suitability of your donation or have further questions, please email: chair@henryroycefoundation.com Donation checklist for you to consider: Can you describe the item? Do you know to whom it relates? Are there any stories related to it? Where did you get it? If you have multiple items, can you describe the number or volume of the material? ​ Donating money direct to the Foundation Donations above $2 are tax deductible. Please download this form. You are able to make a once off donation of any size or donate an amount per year or for several years. Another super easy way to donate is to send us an SMS text message Text to: 0476 000 222. Type in: ROYCE Send. Half a second later a donation page to SHRF will appear on your mobile screen Fill in your name, email and cc details and amount. A minimum of $5. A tax deductible tax receipt is then immediately sent to your email Planning a Bequest in your Will You may wish to give a Bequest to the Foundation and will need to inform your solicitor or trustee company. If you have already a Will, you can add a codicil - a short legal amendment and again seek advice from your solicitor. Please note the full name is: Sir Henry Royce Foundation ARBN 080511253 Download this information page for your Solicitor. Free of all duties and the receipt from the Chairman of the Foundation shall be a complete and sufficient discharge for the Executor(s). ​ Establishing a legacy If you or your family would like to establish a legacy in recognition or memory of a loved one, we would encourage you to contact us to discuss the opportunity of titled research awards or scholarships. Please contact us via email to discuss, chair@henryroycefoundation.com ​ Frequently asked questions What happens to the material I donate? Items accepted into the Foundation will be assessed and housed in specialist, secure storage, in accordance with the Foundation's collection documentation and preservation policies. The principal archives and collection is housed in Melbourne in either the Bill Allsep House or Lionel Gell School of Instruction. Sub - archives are also in the Coolum Showroom, Queensland for donations or for duplicated items. If there are several copies of a donated item within the Foundation’s collection e.g. publications, then the Foundation may sell them. The same applies to a donated vehicle or car body if it is duplica ted or of non-archival importance. How can I get my memorabilia to the Foundation? The archivist will advise you the best way for its transport. It may be posted, delivered or collected depending on the size and weight. Will my donation go on display? The Foundation will endeavour to display donated items with a descriptive label and name of donor where appropriate. Can the Foundation provide a valuation for my items? The Sir Henry Royce Foundation cannot provide valuations of your items. As a registered Charity, the SHRF abides by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts program. Your donated item will need to be valued by an approved expert valuer in the relevant field. The SHRF can assist you with commencing this process. ​Does the Memorial buy items? The Sir Henry Royce Foundation does not purchase material for its collection. Valuation of Museum Items For a tax deduction to be available on items donated to The Foundation, such items must be valued, independently, by two valuers nominated by the Australia Taxation Office. It is important to note that these valuations are undertaken against the background of the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program and take into account the “cultural value” of the item as well as its “commercial value”. It is the policy of the Trustees that The Foundation carries the donated item as an asset in the Balance Sheet at the valuation determined by the Australian Taxation Office under the Cultural Gifts Program. This policy reflects the fact that The Foundation is a registered charitable foundation whose objectives include, inter alia, “the advancement of the science and technology of mechanical engineering for public benefit and the advancement of education”. Further, these objectives note that “the collection policy is to collect, document and exhibit objects especially related to the work of Sir Henry Royce”. It is entirely appropriate; therefore, that The Foundation’s assets are formally valued at a “cultural valuation” rather than a “commercial valuation”. This policy meets with the approval of The Foundation’s Honorary Auditor. Privacy Policy Please click here to view the SHRF Privacy Policy. SHRF - Supporting the Foundation (Margaret & Barrie Gillings) Play Video Supporting the Foundation Watch Now Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Share Channel Info Close

  • Awards | hrfoundation

    Foundation Awards Sir Henry Royce Foundation - Award for Australian Apprentice of the Year The SHRFA wishes to promote excellence in the engineering tradition of Sir Henry Royce by recognizing and annually awarding a current apprentice who demonstrates an outstanding skill-set and attitude and who is currently employed in Australia in the servicing of Rolls-Royce and Bentley products including diesel, aero or commercial engines as well as coachbuilding. The winner will be announced at the annual Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, Australia in NSW in May 2025. The award is $1000 plus name added to the perpetual trophy. Applications close on February 28, 2025. Click here for current and past winners . Click here for details and information. Click here for the 2024 application form. ​ FJ Engish Award for RROCA Club Members' Photographs of Club Events The name of the Award recognises the photographic contribution to The Foundation of the F. J Engish Photographic Archive, containing some 20,000 photographs of cars and people, particularly of RROCA and Branch events. This Archive was gifted to The Foundation by 50-year RROCA Member Fred Engish who has taken these photographs over his time with the Club. A prize is awarded to the Club Member whose photograph, taken at a Club event during the calendar year, is judged by the Trustees as being of artistic merit and is representative of the ethos of the Club in relation to both Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars and fellowship amongst Members.” The current process is for the Praeclarvm Editor to “advertise” the Award in the last two issues for the year with a closing date of end-February to allow adjudication of the Award prior to presentation at the annual Federal RROC-A Rally. Entries for 2024 close March 1, 2025. Click here for current and past winners . Click here to download the entry form. Sir Henry Royce Foundation - Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering Sir Henry Royce Foundation - Awards for Excellence for Apprentices in Automotive studies. There are two awards for apprentices in Automotive studies at Kangan Institute. 1) The SHRF award is presented to an automotive apprentice who has made a significant contribution to the pursuit of excellence in their studies at the Victorian Kangan Institute. The award was first presented in 2007 and consists of a trophy and a cheque for $1,000. 2) The Lionel Gell School of Instruction Award to the apprentice of the year in Automotive studies which carries a cheque for $5,000. A perpetual trophy which records the award winners is housed in the Foundation's Archive. Click here for current and past winners . ​ Foundation Trophy This trophy is awarded solely at the discretion of the Trustees. This trophy is awarded to a person who, in the opinion of the Trustees, has made a significant and long-term contribution to the ideals of Sir Henry Royce – the pursuit of excellence. Click here for current and past winners . The Sir Henry Royce Foundation - Art Award The Foundation’s Art Award, held under the auspices of the Sherbrook Art Society, Sherbrook, Melbourne. Paintings entered into this competition must have a Rolls-Royce or Bentley as the main theme. The standard of paintings is extremely high. The three prize-winning paintings are acquired by The Foundation under the terms of the competition and are and are hung in Bill Allsep House. Cash prizes for first, second and third. Click here for current and past winners . ​ The Si r Henry Royce Foundation - Research Award In 2017, the Trustees of the Foundation initiated ‘The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Research Award. This award, with a prize of $500, which will be awarded annually to the person who in the opinion of Trustees, has made best use of Foundation ‘Archive’ to research a topic of Rolls-Royce and Bentley interest and who has published this research in Praeclarum or in a wider distribution, publicly available media. This Award is open to all, not just members of the RROC-A. Entries must be submitted to the Hon. Archivist by end-January so that the Trustees and Archivist can decide on a winner for announcement at the annual Federal Rally of the RROCA. Click here for the Nomination Form . Click here for current and past winners. ©All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording without express written consent from the copyright owner. Individual works of art are copyright of respective copyright owner. ​ ​

  • More About 2 | hrfoundation

    Establishment of the Foundation (cont....) The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Australia was initiated when David Ekberg, a Member of the Victoria Branch of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia (RROCA), having been impressed with what the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation had achieved in the UK, conceived the idea of forming a similar organisation in Australia. David promoted the idea of an Australian foundation to the RROCA Federal Council, where David Vann was the then Federal President. David Vann and Ian Dunn (Federal Secretary) tirelessly pursued David Ekberg’s idea and approached Malcolm Johns, an Honorary Life Member of the RROCA to advise on how such a foundation could be formed. At the Federal Rally of the RROCA in Wollongong on the 28th April 1996 it was agreed that “an irrevocable Trust for charitable purposes be established” and that it be called “The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Australia”. The founding trustees were David C Jones AM OBE (Chairman), James C Kelso and David G Vann OAM. The inaugural Trustees then invited Malcolm N Johns to be the fourth Trustee. Over time, there have been changes in the people serving as a Trustee. David Jones retired and David Vann became Chairman. David Neely and David Davis were appointed as Trustees. Russell Rolls was appointed as a Trustee. David Davis, Malcolm Johns and David Neely retired. David Vann retired as Chairman but remained a Trustee with Russell Rolls taking over as Chairman. Frank Carroll, Brian Crump and Eric Henderson were appointed as Trustees. David Vann retired as a Trustee. Jeanne Eve was appointed a Trustee, followed by Wallace Moorhouse. Clare Lukes appointed as a Trustee in 2023. The current Trustees are ; Brian Crump (Chairman), Frank Carroll, Russell Rolls, Jeanne Eve, Eric Henderson, Wallace Moorhouse and Clare Lukes The Trust Deed states: “The charitable objects of The Foundation are the advancement of the science and technology of mechanical engineering for public benefit and the advancement of education.” It went on to state that “The collection policy is to collect, document and exhibit any objects whatsoever illustrating or connected with the science of mechanical engineering and especially related to the work of Sir Henry Royce.” “The Collection is to include such items as: The published and unpublished records of experiments, research and work of the late Sir Henry Royce, Any objects whatsoever illustrating or connected with the science of mechanical engineering as it relates to Sir Henry Royce, Those items that illustrate the activities associated with motor car manufacture, sale and distribution.” The Foundation was officially launched on the 1st October 1999 at a meeting of interested supporters at the Fox Classic Car Museum in Melbourne at which there was a gallery displaying cars, engines, motors, models, photographs, memorabilia and related items by then collected and assembled by the Trustees. Until The Foundation was able to establish its own premises, many years later, much of the collection was on public display at the Fox Museum. There was a steady growth in donated funds, artifacts and memorabilia that forms the basis of the present collection. The Foundation found support from established organisations such as the Museums Victoria and the Australian War Memorial who loaned historic Rolls-Royce aero engines for display. As an indication of the confidence placed in The Foundation for the preservation of the Australian heritage of Rolls-Royce, the two ex-Australian Government “royal” Phantom V limousines have been donated to The Foundation by separate donors. In 2010, following a very generous donation from Jean Allsep, The Foundation was able to purchase a substantial building at Rowville (an outer suburb of Melbourne) in which The Foundation’s collection is now housed. These premises, Bill Allsep House (BAH), are named after Jean’s late husband, Bill, a long-time, enthusiastic Member of the Victoria Branch of the RROCA. Under the terms of a legal agreement between The Foundation and the Victoria Branch of the RROCA, the Branch has the use of Bill Allsep House as their club rooms with the day-to-day costs of occupancy being met by the Branch. In 2014, following a very generous donation from Lionel Gell (a long-standing Member of the Victoria Branch of the RROCA), a second property was acquired nearby in Rowville. These premises, the Lionel Gell School of Instruction for Rolls-Royce and Bentley (LGSI), have been set up with car hoists, benches and workshop facilities specifically to accord with the educational objectives of The Foundation – to promulgate the engineering ethos of Sir Henry Royce and his successors to a wider community. LGSI is used, in part, by the Technical Section of the RROCA Victoria Branch for regular seminars. The Foundation’s archival records collection is housed in Bill Allsep House was maintained by Gilbert Ralph until his retirement in 2021 and are now maintained under Russell Rolls and the BAH group of dedicated volunteers. This archival collection ranges from books, magazines, brochures, RROCA and Branch historical documentation to service records from Australian Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealers. Further, The Foundation has a collection of over 20,000 photographic images documenting the history of the Club, the cars and the Company in Australia. This is a valuable resource for Club Members and for wider historical research. The Foundation also houses the archival collection from the Australian Chapter of the 20 Ghost Club. Australia is a vast country with population centres thousands of kilometres apart in different States. As the main Archives of the Sir Henry Royce Foundation are housed in Melbourne Victoria, it was decided that two Sub-Archives be established in Queensland; one a museum and the other a showroom. In Brisbane, items with special Queensland provenance are housed along with any copies of archival material from Melbourne. In Coolum, the large new premises is the showroom for the larger aero and ‘C‘ series Diesel engines as well as the second ex vice - regal Phantom V. Details of all Queensland catalogued items are forwarded to the Archivist for the central database of the SHRF. All items are subject to the same archival and cataloguing policies and procedures as the main SHRF Archive. The SHRF has legal ownership of all the material under the care of the curator of the Coolum premises, but all these materials will remain in Queensland for display as the core Sub-Archives, Queensland. ​ Originally in Queensland the SHRF had the Geebung Museum which was opened on 2 June 2018. It has five rooms of books and technical displays, various engines displayed in the front showroom, the Royce room, the Bentley room, tools and equipment and a TV room plus several bookshelves and cabinets of memorabilia. Car clubs and other interest groups regularly visit. The Geebung Museum was closed in June 2022 due to the sale of the building. ​ The Coolum Showroom of the Foundation was officially opened on 17 November 2018 by Federal MP Ted O’Brien. It contains 620 square metres of air-conditioned displays including 5 notable Rolls-Royce engines (including a 1945 Merlin aero engine), 340 model cars, archives, books and 7 very special Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars. It is open to the public (in normal times, without pandemic) on the first Saturday of each month, 7am to 10am, in conjunction with “Sunshine Coast Cars n Coffee” plus other times, by appointment, for car clubs and other special interest groups. The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Australia is now an important element of the worldwide movement to preserve the historical artefacts and documentation relating to the engineering ethos of Sir Henry Royce and to the Rolls-Royce and Bentley marques. The Foundation’s collection includes historically important aircraft engines, ex Australia Government “royal” Phantom Vs and an extensive archive of printed material and photographs, primarily related to Australian topics. The educational objective of The Foundation is served by the collection being open to all.

  • Volunteers | hrfoundation

    Foundation Volunteers Interested in volunteering at one of our 2 locations - Rowville VIC - or - Coolum QLD Please email us: chair@henryroycefoundation.com Left to right - Bryan Harper, David MacArthur, John Reis and David Kenway Gilbert Ralph, MBE OAM is the Foundation's Honorary Archivist Bryan Harper Left to right - Bryan Harper, David MacArthur, John Reis and David Kenway 1/4

  • Winners - Research | hrfoundation

    Winners - Research Award In 2017, the Trustees of the Foundation initiated ‘The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Research Award. This award, with a prize of $500, which will be awarded annually to the person who in the opinion of Trustees, has made best use of Foundation ‘Archive’ to research a topic of Rolls-Royce and Bentley interest and who has published this research in Praeclarum or in a wider distribution, publicly available media. This Award is open to all, not just members of the RROC-A. Entries must be submitted to the Hon. Archivist by end-January so that the Trustees and Archivist can decide on a winner for announcement at the annual Federal Rally of the RROCA. ​​ 2023 - Ian Berg in receiving the 2023 SHRF Research Award. Ian is the editor of the '20-Ghost Gazette' which has been published since 2019. He has included a number of articles within the Gazette which for which he has sourced material from the SHRF archives. He is also the Silver Ghost Registrar for the RROCA and publishes register reports within 'Praeclarum' each edition. Photographs from the archives have been used within these articles. In 2022, Ian co-authored the book 'Concerning the 20hp Rolls-Royce: 1922-2022' along with David Davis in celebration of the centenary of the 20hp Rolls-Royce. The book was sponsored by the 20-Ghost Club and is available through the SHRF. Many of the photographs and much of the historical research was sourced through the archives of the SHRF. 2020 - The 2020 winning research articles by Greg Johnston, from RROCA-VIC are: - Researching B365GT - As Sir Humphrey would say, “It was all in the files, Minister.....” - The Provenance of Bentley MkVI, B365GT ​

  • Printed Materials Collection | hrfoundation

    Printed Materials Collection The Foundation boasts a huge archive of printed materials. From GA Drawings, books, magazines, books, service records and much, much more. A wonderful and searchable (yes really) collection of the RROCA Praeclarum magazine from 1960 to 2010 is also available. We hope to be able to add from 2010 to current in the not too distant future. Click on this link to access: http://praeclarum.rroc.org.au/ PAINT CODES Colour Names and Cross-References for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars for Postwar Vehicles - 1946 to 1999 - click HERE . Below is a collection of photos and a few short videos from the Printed Materials archives. GA (general assembly) detail for hanger of exhaust of 20/25HP. Service records from York Motors, Sydney. 1914 Silver Ghost catalogue limousine - early model. GA (general assembly) detail for hanger of exhaust of 20/25HP. 1/22 SHRF - Catalogues (G Ralph) Play Video SHRF - Ian Irwin (Research and books) Play Video SHRF - The Dunlop Book (as told by Gilbert Ralph) Play Video SHRF - Books - RR Aircraft Engines (as told by J Reis) Play Video Printed Materials Watch Now SHRF - Ian Irwin (Research and books) Play Video Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Share Channel Info Close

  • Miscellaneous | hrfoundation

    Miscellaneous The following photo gallery are miscellaneous items designed by (and sometime also made by) Sir Henry Royce. These items are not in the SHRF collection - we thought you might be interested to have a look. In Sir Henry Royce's home Brae Cottage, in Knutsford, Cheshire - the light switches and doors were all designed by Sir Henry Royce. They are still in Brae Cottage today. In Sir Henry Royce's home Brae Cottage, in Knutsford, Cheshire - the light switches and doors were all designed by Sir Henry Royce. They are still in Brae Cottage today. 1/1 A Brace of Phantom V's Præclarvm 5-17, page 7245 David Neely, the Foundation's NSW Historical Consultant, tells of the service of the 2 SHRF Phantoms in the Commonwealth Government fleet. A Selection of Cars from Queensland Præclarvm 5-17, page 7254 Gilbert Ralph, the SHRF Honorary Archivist, delves in to the photo archives for Queensland cars. A Brace of Cars from South Australia Præclarvm 6-16, page 7074 In this two-page spread some of the Archive’s photos of South Australian members' cars of the past are featured. Researchers visit the Archive Præclarvm 5-16, page 7037 In this edition the Honorary Archivist gives details of a group of motoring researchers who visited the Archive to tap the information in the historic material it holds. As well there is an article on materials the Archive was given at the 2016 RROCA Federal Rally in Bendigo. A Brace of Cars from Western Australia Præclarvm 5-16, pages 7038 In this two page spread some of the Archive's photos of Western Australia members' cars of the past are featured. The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Præclarvm 4-16, pages 7002 Following the 2-16 edition of Bentley's in the immediate post-war period, displayed here are the Rolls-Royce offerings from 1947 when the Silver Wraith was introduced. These early cars were mostly recognised from their use of Lucas P.100 and R.100 headlamps, and radiator mounted ahead of the front axle centreline, the latter common to only two pre-World War Two Rolls-Royce types: the 25/30hp Wraith and Phantom III. The Bentley MkVI Præclarvm 2-16, pages 6930 Here the Honorary Archivist displays several of the special bodied examples of the Bentley Mk VI model that were available in the immediate post-war period. The photos were provided by the coachbuilders to enable customers to select from the range of special bodies available. Amy Johnson’s Rolls-Royce Identified Præclarvm 1-16, pages 6900 Here the Honorary Archivist recounts how in Issue 4-15 of Præclarvm, p6779, he contributed an article about Amy Johnson in which it was suggested that the Silver Ghost she was riding in was 65LK and asked if any reader was able to confirm that. But immediate response from two members corrected that Chassis Number to 34YG, which leads to an interesting history of that motor car. Charles Sykes Revisited Præclarvm 1-16, pages 6892 The Foundation’s Honorary Archivist describes the recent donation of a figurine of Charles Sykes. The Spirit; Celebrating 75 Years of the Rolls-Royce Motor Car Præclarvm 6-15, pages 6858 This book of 24 pages features water colour scenes of Rolls-Royce motor cars being enjoyed by owners in the years 1904 to 1979. The book includes an Introduction by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu who describes early motoring and his love of Rolls-Royce motor cars, lamenting ‘there are too many of them. Part 2 of a 2 part selection of the water colours. Amy Johnson and Rolls-Royce Præclarvm 4-15, page 6779 The Honorary Archivist of the Foundation describes finding, in a collection of newspaper cuttings, the attached coloured picture featuring a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost carrying Amy Johnson around the Geelong Racecourse. The search is then on to identify the car. The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Archive and You Præclarvm 2-15, pages 6710 - 6713 The Honorary Archivist of the Foundation describes how the Collection Policy of the Foundations is achieved through the ‘collection, documentation and exhibiting of any objects whatsoever illustrating or connected with the science of mechanical engineering and especially related to the work of Sir Henry Royce.’ James Young Body Photos from the John Bull Collection Præclarvm 1-15, page 6678 Following on from Præclarvm 6-14, this edition shows photos from James Young Ltd body designs from the late 1940s through to 1965. Hooper Body Photos from the John Bull Collection Præclarvm 6-14, page 6642 Recently donated to the Foundation was material from the collection of the late John Bull, a member of the RROCA, South Australia Branch. Shown here is a selection of photos sent to him in 1967 by the then Managing Director of Hooper & Co (Bodybuilders) Ltd, Osmond F. Rivers. The Angas Family and Their Pre-War Motor Cars Præclarvm 4-14, page 6567 / Præclarvm 5-14, page 6605 The Angas family are a well-known and respected family of pastoralists descended from George Fife Angas, who became Chairman and a major shareholder of The South Australian Company. In 1909 Charles H. Angas was the first person to import a Rolls-Royce into South Australia, and he and his three sons, Ronald, Dudley and Keith, all became enthusiastic motorists. This photograph album highlights their choices in exotic cars. The Barr Smiths and their Proper Motor Cars Præclarvm 2-14, page 6486 Over three generations, the Barr Smith family of South Australia had at least 24 Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars, which may well place them in the category of the most prolific owners/users of those two marques in Australia.. Claude Mason and his Cars Præclarvm 1-14, page 6462 Members and visitors to Bill Allsep House will admire the unique models of a Silver Ghost and a 20hp on display amongst the Foundation‘s collection. Both 2-metre-long models are the work of one man: the late Claude Mason. A selection of photographs from David Shmith Præclarvm 3-13, page 6310 Here are photographs of particular interest because of their Australian content. They were donated by David Shmith, former Managing Director of York Motors in Sydney. David’s father, Maurice Shmith, joined Tarrant Motors in 1904 as a car washer, and by 1910 he was Sales Manager. With some partners he established Yellow Cabs in 1924, and in 1932 he was instrumental in the formation of York Motors, Sydney, of which he was Managing Director until succeeded by his son, David. Do you have an Australian Body? Præclarvm 2-13, page 6280 If you are a lucky owner of a body built by one of the 83 known Australian coachbuilders who have designed and constructed coachwork on Rolls-Royce or Bentley motors cars in Australia, and you want to know more about the firm in question, this article may have something of interest to you. One man’s contribution to the SHRF Archive Præclarvm 6-12, page 6209 One of the functions of the Sir Henry Royce Foundation, Australia, is to collect anything related to Sir Henry Royce. The Archive is the repository of the Foundation’s collection, and attendees at meetings of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, Victoria Branch, have the opportunity to see some of the larger items on display in the meeting room. Others who venture into the Archive itself see very little apart from a vast collection of archive boxes stored neatly on the rows of shelving. The most recent of these contains a small selection of the hundreds of items donated by one man: David Neely. James Radley beats a train from London to Monte Carlo Præclarvm 5-12, page 6172 James Radley (1884-1959), the English adventurer, shared a passion for ballooning, flying and motor racing with the Hon. Charles Rolls. But unlike Rolls he survived his numerous exploits and died an old man. Radley competed in the Austrian Alpine Trials of 1912, 1913 and 1914 in three different Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts; 1930E, 2206E and 18PB respectively. He was successful in the latter two events – but that is another story which will no doubt be featured during 2013, the centenary of his first success. There is however a lesser-known motoring event for which he received notoriety in November 1913: he broke the speed record for motoring between London and Monte Carlo in a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, 2521, a 1913 model with a light tourer body fashioned by his own Portholme Coach Works business in Huntingdon, UK.

  • Geebung Museum - QLD | hrfoundation

    Geebung Museum - QLD The SHRF Geebung Museum ​ The collection is currently relocating due to sale of building. New premises are still being sought in Queensland. Geebung Museum Australia is a vast country with population centres thousands of kilometres apart in different States. As the main Archives of the Sir Henry Royce Foundation are housed in Melbourne Victoria, it was decided that Sub-Archives be established in Queensland. In Brisbane, items with special Queensland provenance will be housed along with any copies of archival material from Melbourne. Details of all Queensland catalogued items are forwarded to the Archivist for the central database of the SHRF. All items are subject to the same archival and cataloguing policies and procedures as the main SHRF Archive. The SHRF has legal ownership of all the material under the care of the curator of the Geebung premises, but all these materials will remain in Queensland for display as the core Sub-Archive, Queensland. The Geebung Museum was opened on 2 June 2018 with Frank Carroll, Russell Rolls and Curator, Barry Sparks, giving the opening address. The doors were officially opened by Queensland MP Bart Mellish. It has five rooms of books and technical displays, various engines displayed in the front showroom, the Royce room, the Bentley room, tools and equipment and a TV room plus several bookshelves and cabinets of memorabilia. Car clubs and other interest groups regularly visit. The arrival of Rolls-Royce Chassis No.1492 was a very special day for the Museum. Click here to read more . ​ You will find below a selection of photos from the Museum. Below that is a short video tour of the Museum. Enjoy! 1948 Bentley Mk VI Engine. Located at Geebung Museum. 1969 Rolls-Royce V8 Engine. Located at Geebung Museum. Russell Rolls, Chairman of SHRF at opening of Sub-Archive Geebung Queensland 1948 Bentley Mk VI Engine. Located at Geebung Museum. 1/18

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  • Shop | hrfoundation

    Shop Please note: Our Foundation is run in its entirety by our wonderful volunteers. We will endeavour to fulfil your order as soon as practical and thank you for your understanding and patience. Overseas orders (outside of Australia) please email chair@henryroycefoundation.com for addition costs to cover tracking, postage & packaging. DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM HERE Rolls-Royce & Bentley in The Sunburnt Country - The first 50 years in Australia $170.00 - Price includes GST and postage within Australia. For overseas postage costs, please email; chair@henryroycefoundation.com By Tom Clarke and David Neely The re-print of this book complete with Supplements from 1999-July 2021 is now available. It is A4 in size, soft cover, 588 pages and weighs 2.1 kgs. 500 copies of the first edition of this excellent book have been sold. It has received enthusiastic reviews around the world. This book is a MUST for all enthusiasts in Australia and indeed for all Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners worldwide. The authors are thankful to readers who have sent in various corrections, photographs and improvements. Please note: t he "first fifty years" covers 1906-1956. The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Origins and Development 1906-1926 $155.00 Price includes GST and postage within Australia. For overseas postage costs, please email; chair@henryroycefoundation.com By David Forward A major work on the Silver Ghost and the years that made the Rolls-Royce Company's fame and fortune. Essential knowledge for all persons interested in the 40/50hp Silver Ghost and its development. David Forward has used his extensive knowledge of the Silver Ghost to write and publish this comprehensive book containing the greatest amount of technical information available on the subject, and extremely interesting to read. It has received worldwide acclaim and is in the library of most Silver Ghost owners as well as the RAC library in London. Attractively presented with 200+ pictures and diagrams, handsomely bound in matching slipcase. Evelyn Maud Mill; From servant to socialite $55.00 Price includes GST and Postage within Australia. For overseas postage costs, please email; chair@henryroycefoundation.com By Paul Tritton Lover, mistress, wife and widow of Claude Goodman Johnson,' the hyphen in Rolls-Royce'. Tom Clarke says "HAVING PAUL TRITTON’S name on anything associated with the history of Rolls-Royce is a guarantee of wonderful reading. Paul’s track record is an enviable one. Most aspects of Rolls-Royce history have received coverage down the years but not the women behind the company’s key figures. It’s quite a story and evokes both the belle epoque of the Edwardian decade and the freer 1920s. The human side of the Rolls-Royce story is well told here". Click HERE for a further review by past SHRF Trustee, Jeanne Eve. Rolls-Royce and Bentley In The Rear-View Mirror $45.00 Price includes GST and postage within Australia. By David Neely A history of the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club of Australia. Featured are over 700 photographs and illustrations covering many aspects of the Club. Lists and tables spanning 1956 to 2002 include 4000+ members and more than 2000 Rolls-Royce and 800 Bentley motor cars. Additional reference sources are contained in chassis number and registration number lists. 50 Years with a Rolls-Royce Twenty $12.50 Price includes GST and postage within Australia. By David G. Davis This is a fascinating insight into the philosophy and approach developed after 50 years of owning and maintaining a 1922 Rolls-Royce Twenty. The 40-page A5 size booklet in colour includes a detailed list of chassis changes compiled by Bob Clarke, the Australian Club's Twenty Registrar. The author, who was a Foundation Trustee, met the cost of production personally, and proceeds will go to the Foundation. Concerning the 20hp Rolls-Royce 1922-2022 $55.00 Price includes GST and postage within Australia. By David Davis & Ian Berg The 20hp Rolls-Royce, which became known as the ‘Twenty’, was announced in October of 1922. The Twenty was the car that Rolls-Royce would have preferred not to build. Henry Royce clearly indicated that he wouldn’t have considered it but for the fact that the market for the larger Silver Ghost had dried up, and sales staff did not push the new model. Yet the Twenty became a great success, nowhere more so than in Australia. Published by the 20-Ghost Club, Australia Concerning the 20hp Rolls-Royce: 1922-2022 celebrates the centenary of the Twenty and also includes comprehensive details of all known Twentys in Australia. . An Australian Rolls-Royce $7.50 Price includes GST and postage within Australia. By Bryan Inder The story of a Rolls-Royce 40/50H.P. model Silver Ghost Chassis number 12HG delivered new in Australia in 1923. John Bull Sketchbook $17.50 Price includes GST and postage within Australia. By Bryan Inder The story of a Rolls-Royce 40/50H.P. model Silver Ghost Chassis number 12HG delivered new in Australia in 1923. GA Drawings $50.00 The files are emailed as a ZIP file over WeTransfer. A set of General Assembly (GA) Drawings. The set has been rescued and many of the drawings are available for pre-war cars to assist with restoration and maintenance. Please note that some drawings are damaged beyond repair, but many have been digitised in PDF format ready to be used. The purchase includes the collection and a spreadsheet of explanation. Ladies Silk Scarf $17.50 Price includes GST and postage within Australia. Beautiful 100% silk ladies scarf. 90cm square. Colour is as shown. Cream with navy print. Limited stock.

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    Evelyn Maud Mill; From servant to socialite. By Paul Tritton Who wouldn't love to open a long lost suitcase to find love letters, photographs and more? This is how renowned researcher Paul Tritton discovered family papers, photographs, memorabilia and love letters not published previously to reveal the identity of the elusive 'Mrs Wigs'. Anyone interested in the story of Rolls-Royce or the influence of a strong minded woman in the fast living 1920's will enjoy this biography. Tritton details how Evelyn Maud Mill, who was born into impoverishment in London, began her working life scenes ‘in service' to become the lover, mistress and then stylish second wife of the famous English business man and socialite, Claude Goodman Johnson. It is a true love story about Claude, who's often referred to as 'the hyphen in Rolls-Royce' and his passionate affair then lifestyle with 'Mrs Wigs' until his death. To date, only Claude's successful business prowess in motoring ventures and enterprise is known, not the supportive woman in his life and the sensitive, musical, family and fun loving world behind the scenes. All this when he was promoting the R-R Silver Ghost; 'the best car in the world' fame. Paul Tritton has illuminated the social history of the 1920's in England and the south of France in this highly readable book. Evelyn and Claude come alive on the pages and enrich the human side of the major personalities in the Rolls-Royce story. It will appeal to any reader of social or business history, to Rolls-Royce and motoring aficionados and anyone desiring insights on how women contributed to successful business ventures a century ago. ​ Paul Tritton is the renowned British author and historical researcher especially within the world of Rolls-Royce. He was the feature writer for Rolls-Royce Motors "Journal" and has written several books about Rolls-Royce; "John Montagu of Beaulieu: Motoring Pioneer and Prophet" in 1985, "The Godfather of Rolls-Royce: The Life and Times of Henry Edmunds" in 1993 and finally "When Rolls and Royce made history on Dover's White Cliffs" in 2016. Paul has written several books ranging in topic from the first sound recording made by Queen Victoria, the loss of a wartime RAF Stirling bomber in the battle of Holland, to several books on the city of Canterbury and how a small town in Kent prepared for a possible Nazi invasion. Paul has been interested in the personal life of Claude Johnson since the 75th anniversary of Rolls-Royce when he was researching Henry Edmunds who famously introduced Henry Royce and Charles Rolls to each other in 1904. Claude Johnson also played a major role in the Rolls-Royce company and is often referred to as the ‘’hyphen in Rolls-Royce’’. But who was “Mrs Wigs’’ by his side? From wide research and consultation with family descendants, Paul has now found Mrs Wigs and revealed Evelyn Maud Mill’s influential life. Initially Paul was uncertain whether to include Claude’s deeply personal love letters to Mrs Wigs. But social life has become more liberal over the decades and personal lives are entwined with the public persona. Paul is a biographer with a thirst for detail and accuracy and writes with sensitivity. Review by SHRF Trustee - Jeanne Eve

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