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Motor Truck - Morris Commercial Armoured Van, 1936 Object Reg. No: HT 7208

Alternative Name(s): Morris Bullion Van
Armour-plated Money Van, with a local custom-built body on a standard Morris Commercial CS Series 11/30 truck chassis with 6-cylinder 3485cc 55 BHP petrol engine, built in Britain, 1936. Known as "Bertha" this vehicle was used by the Note Printing section of the Reserve Bank of Australia, from about 1936 till March 1966 for making deliveries to banks and other customers. It was based at Victoria Parade Note Printing Building in Fitzroy, Melbourne and was originally one of four similar vans ordered around the same time by the Commonwealth Bank Note Printing Branch (a predecessor of the Reserve Bank Note Printing Section),

This van was donated to the South Australia Museum in October 1967, being driven from Melbourne to Adelaide on its delivery to the Museum by Charles Pobjoy, its previous regular driver with the Reserve Bank. The vehicle was housed at the Birdwood Motor Museum and was subsequently transferred to their collection. It was restored to running order by the South Australian Museum in about 1986 and later participated in the "Bay to Birdwood" Rallies in 1986, 1988 & 1990. It was donated to Museum Victoria in 2005.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Motor Museum of Australia, 2005
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 2340 mm (Height), 1980 mm (Width), 5350 mm (Length)
Weight: 3000 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: armoured vehicles, commercial vehicles, motor vans
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: motor trucks
Model Name/Number: CS Series 11/30 Model
Manufacturer: Morris Commercial Cars Ltd, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, circa 1936
User: Commonwealth Bank of Australia - Note Printing Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1936-1945
User: Reserve Bank (Note Issue), Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 1945-1966
References: "Note Printing in Australia", published by Nucolorvue Productions Pty Ltd, Mulgrave, for Reserve Bank of Australia, 1988.


Ron Smitjh Posted on 13 May 2014 1:58 PM
have just seen a programme re tanks it said that Morris made tanks for war in 135-6 as I was born within Half a mile of the factory and played football across the road from there I cannot ever remember seeing tanks, Yes I know they made a troop carrying tank around the d day time a I drove some of them they were powered by twin v8 motors and steering
was done by powering one engine more than the other there were no seats for driver he stood up very tiring. any help will do thanks Ron Smith

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