Everybody loves a road trip!

Everybody loves a road trip is an exhibition at the University of Melbourne, celebrating the driving holiday in Australia. I stumbled across this exhibition on the way to a meeting this afternoon, it is well worth a look if you are in the area.

Everybody loves a road trip! [1]
Leigh Scott Gallery, 1st floor, Baillieu Library, 27 May to 7 August 2009

This exhibition showcases the collection of Shell Company of Australia, which the company donated to the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) in 2008, in addition to other UMA collections and items on loan from the RACV Heritage Collection. From early in the 20th century the Shell Company of Australia placed a great deal of emphasis on community relations and how the general public perceived its products and the company itself. In Australia there has been a long tradition of exploration of our environment and journeys over vast distances. After World War II this tradition was further reinforced by the growing popularity of motor vehicle ownership and the family road trip. The displays include project albums (to house collections of promotional cards) and other merchandise, posters, advertisements, photographs, documents, calendars, touring maps (including a Braille map of Australia) and tips for drivers. The exhibition is curated by Melinda Barrie, Senior Archivist, Rio Tinto and Business, University of Melbourne Archives.

An accompanying publication is available: Everybody loves a road trip! (exhibtion brochure), University of Melbourne Library, 2009.
Cultural Collections: Current Exhibitions

Photograph taken by a staff member of the Shell Touring Service and Mapping Unit, c.1947–1960 Shell Company Historical Collection, University of Melbourne Archives

Photograph taken by a staff member of the Shell Touring Service and Mapping Unit, c.1947–1960 Shell Company Historical Collection, University of Melbourne Archives

LINKS:
[1] Cultural Collections: Current Exhibitions viewed 23-Jun-2009
[2] Are we there yet? Exhibition explores Aussie tradition of the family road trip viewed 23-Jun-2009 [The Melbourne Newsroom]
[3] The family road trip podcast (2009-Jun-04) [ABC: LifeMatters]
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