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Negative - Group with Victorian Railways No.1 Steam Bus, Plenty Bridge Hotel, Victoria, circa 1905 Image Reg. No: MM 070566

Image of a group of men and women in front of the Victorian Railways No.1 Steam Bus outside the Plenty Bridge Hotel, Victoria, circa 1905. This image was collected as part of the Biggest Family Album in Australia project undertaken by Museum Victoria between 1985 and 1991. This project resulted in the collection of copies of over 9,000 photographs from rural and regional Victoria dating from the 1890s to the 1940s.
Copy of a black and white negative
Description Of Content:
Victorian Railways No.1 Chelmsford steam bus parked in front of the Plenty Bridge Hotel, with a group of three men and three women and driver on an excursion posing in front of the bus. The body for this vehicle was built by the Newport Railway Workshops. Six of these vehicles were ordered but they served for only a short period after proving unreliable in service. They were used primarily as feeder services to railway stations on the Prahran-St Kilda-Brighton route.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Unknown Biggest Family Album Contributor, 1988
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: steam road vehicles, travel tourism, road transport, steam buses
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: steam buses
Format: Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Plenty Bridge Hotel, Lower Plenty, Victoria, Australia, circa 1905-1908


Laurie Daniel Posted on 25 Nov 2011 9:47 PM
This photograph is one of a number I gave to the Melbourne Museum in the 1990's. They were amongst a collection taken by my grandfather,Edward Joseph Rigby who is sitting in th drivers seat in this photo. His son Edward John Rigby is standing at the rear of the bus and Mrs Rigby sting along from him. E.J.Rigby Snr. was a prominent Melbourne engineer andpioneer motorist being a foundation member of theRACV. .
Shane Posted on 25 May 2013 6:10 PM
Hi Laurie....As I'm doing Lower Plenty history the hotel has been a fascinating topic for over my 20yrs now. I am curious about the Steam bus as its parked at the front of the hotel, but I am asking if do you know why they stopped there, did they go inside for a drink etc. Looking forward to here your response.
Laurie Daniel Posted on 02 Dec 2013 6:15 PM
Hi Shane, I'm afraid I can't help you much. I have recently been told by a family member that my grandfather had imported the chassis for these buses. It could well have been a demonstration run!
John Millane Posted on 13 Jun 2014 9:14 PM
I have a photo of my grandfather in the front seat of this steam bus. He was one of the head office staff. Would you like a copy?
J H F Cruickshank Posted on 03 Jan 2015 1:19 PM
My grandfather, JJD Cruickshank sold these buses to the Victorian Railways in 1905> He was Manager of the Engineering Department of A G Webster & Son of Hobart. In 1906 he spent 6 months in Melbourne training Vicrail stall in the operation and care of these vehicles. I have his letter book containing copies of all his correspondence with the railway commissioners and the manufacturers regarding this.

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