This is the story of a pioneering trip made by two New Zealanders to the top of Australia on Cape York in a 1928 Baby Austin car.
This little car, called Emily made the journey in 1929 and it was this trip, and his recollections of the journey that (Captain) Hector MacQuarrie wrote of so entertainingly in several instalment’s for the ‘Sydney Mail’
Following the completion of this trip, the little car was afterwards sold to a resident of Thursday Island, a Mrs. Vidgen daughter of the great Frank Jardine of Jardine’s Inlet.
It was with difficulty that the Austin agents bought the car back again, so attached was Mrs. Vidgen to the tiny car, the car was then put on show in Sydney and afterwards presented by the Austin agents to Mr. Hector MacQuarrie and Mr. Richard Matthews.
The original Baby Austin which made the arduous trip now rests beneath the waves, with the wrecked ship ‘The Tahiti’
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