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Mary Munckton and Ian Metherall collection




The Mary Monckton Collection comprises the 48-215 Holden sedan delivered to the home of Essignton Lewis (1881-1961) on the eve of 24 February 1949, the day before Holdens were released for sale to the general public. It was used by the Lewis family for a number of years before being sold. Having fallen into disuse it was salvaged by Mary Monckton and restored by students at the Wangaratta College of TAFE in 1987.

This vehicle is a representation of the key role played by Essington Lewis in the development of 'Australia's Own Car', a reflection of post WWII national aspirations and an icon of 1950s Australian society. It markes the emergence of an Australian automobile industry, contributing significantly to the increasing prosperity of Australians in the post-way years. A Holden was the first car owned by many Australians. They have been celebrated in popular culture, including music film and even pin-ball machines.

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