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National Holden Museum

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published April 3rd 2019
Not a football, meat pie or kangaroo in sight, just Holdens
Museum sign
We have arrived.

Museums dedicated to one single brand of automobile are rare, but there are at least three dedicated to Holdens in Australia, Trafalgar and Echuca in Victoria and at Buronga, NSW (just over the border from Mildura, Vic.)

I visited the National Holden Museum in Echuca, Victoria, looking forward to a nostalgic journey as my first car was a 1954 FJ Holden.

Holdens
The first Holdens built, the FX & FJ.

I was not disappointed.

Engine
The engine in a FJ Holden. I could name every item.

Since then I have owned, driven and ridden in many different models, all of which I saw there.

Holdens
More Holdens from the late 1950s to early 1960s.

They were all in pristine showroom condition, as that is what this museum is, a showroom of the Holden brand.

Holdens
Even more Holdens.

Sedans, utes, station wagons, panel vans; they were all there. The only example I can't recall seeing was a taxi as once Holdens were the mainstay of Australian taxis.

A small theatrette screens some rare footage involving Holdens.
Scattered around the museum are various models of Holden engines.

Engines
A range of Holden engines.

There are also many interesting exhibits among the vehicles.

Holdens
The Holden Torana was popular on the race track.

A full size wooden mock-up of a 1997 VT Commodore was one of the unusual and educational displays.

Model
The full size wooden mock-up.


Information board
Read all about it.

The Worlds "Fastest Commercial Vehicle" is another unusual exhibit.

Holden Ute
A world beater.


Information board
The world beating details.

There is even half a Holden. A FJ cut in half (tears of sacrilege from writer) and mounted next to a large mirror giving the image of a whole car.

FJ Holden
One half plus mirror equals one FJ.

On the other side of the mirror half of a more modern Holden (no tears) is mounted, so a front-on view demonstrates the, "Holden theory of evolution."

Two half Holdens
Two half Holdens.


Information board
Holden's Theory of Evolution

The entrance to the museum is a souvenirs collector's paradise.

signs
Part of the gift shop

To satisfy your Holden phobia you can purchase books, magazines, T-shirts, models, posters, key rings, and even original Holden sales brochures.

souvenirs
Some of the souvenirs available


Holden merchandise
More to chose from.

The museum is open 7 days of the week between 9.00am and 5.00 pm.

Admission is only:
$10-00 Adults
Concession/Seniors.
Children 5-16 $5-00
Family $25-00.

Visit the museum next time you are in Echuca for a nostalgic journey down an automotive memory lane.



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Where: National Holden Museum, Echuca. 7-11 Warren Street, Echuca, Vic.
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Neil, well done and I will certainly be visiting the museum next in Echuca. It looks vey well set up. Again keep up the excellent reports flowing. David
by johns (score: 1|69) 110 days ago
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