RESTORATION PROJECT: Paul Neville, Lex Rowland, Martin Barrett and Mayor Mal Forman at the Armstong Siddeley launch at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
RESTORATION PROJECT: Paul Neville, Lex Rowland, Martin Barrett and Mayor Mal Forman at the Armstong Siddeley launch at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Historic Hinkler car donated to museum

THE Armstrong Siddeley Tourer used during Bert Hinkler's processional state welcome home in Brisbane on March 6, 1928, has been donated to the Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association.

Wide Bay Australia donated $50,000 to the purchase of two vehicles in various mechanical conditions and a year-long rebuild project of the Hinkler vehicle was launched today at the Botanic Gardens.

Lex Rowland, the chairman of Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association, said following the welcome home parade, the Armstrong Siddeley was given to Bert Hinkler to use for the next three-and-a-half days.

"Since then, it has had a number of owners, and been used as a farm vehicle and then purchased by Mr Tom Smehurst who has had it under wraps since 1974, with a plan to restore it," he said.

"Thanks to Wide Bay Australia we are excited to be able to bring another piece of significant Bert Hinkler history to Bundaberg and to the collection."

Wide Bay Australia chief executive Martin Barrett said his organisation was an original supporter of the Hinkler House relocation project in 1983, and the decision to support this project was a reflection of its commitment to Bundaberg and its significant aviation history.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said council would work with the museum on the restoration and would welcome discussions on any future plans to showcase the vehicle on a permanent basis within the region.



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