C. Price Conigrave - 'Around Australia'
The images in this collection were taken by journalist and writer, C. Price Conigrave, in 1936. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers, please note this collection contains images of deceased persons.

In 1936, “Wizard” Smith (racing driver), Charles Gordon (motor engineer), John Fletcher (movie photographer) and C. Price Conigrave, made a 10,000 mile journey around Australia in two 1936 Pontiac coupe sedans.

The formal aim of the trip was to test a route for a ‘around Australia’ rally proposed for 1938, although with donated vehicles and assistance from petrol, tyre and oil companies there was clearly a promotional element as well.

Starting from Sydney in August, the party travelled anti-clockwise around Australia passing through Melbourne, Ceduna, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Port Hedland, Broome, Wave Hill, Darwin, Katherine, Cloncurry, Toowoomba and Brisbane. Six and half weeks later the party’s return to Sydney was celebrated by an enormous crowd in Martin Place.

The details of Conigrave’s trip are recorded in a booklet “Around Australia in a Pontiac”. C. Price Conigrave’s 1938 book, Walk-About also contains a concise account of the trip Many of the images in this collection also appear in Walk-About.

We have reproduced Conigrave’s descriptions on the photos in the titles and descriptions.

C. Price Conigrave was a fellow of the Royal Australian Historical Society. He served as a Councillor and editor of the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society from 1935 to 1955.
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