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Bowker Electric Car
Title : Bowker Electric Car Bowker Electric Car
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Creator : Casson, Laurence S., 1906-2000
Source : PRG 1287
Date of creation : ca.1942
Format : Film
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Donated by : Laurence Casson
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Description :

An early model electric car being driven through the streets of Adelaide in the early 1940s.

The car was designed by John Bowker and could travel for up to 94 miles (151 kms) at a speed of 24 mph (38 kmph) before requiring a recharge. It is shown outside the State Library, Parliament House and Montefiore Hill where it stops near the statue of Colonel Light.

The State Library of South Australia holds 48 film reels (available on video tape) taken by Laurence S. Casson between 1934-1976. Casson's recordings show Pinnaroo and the surrounding district, family occasions and various South Australian events such as the one shown here.

Related names :

Bowker, John

Period : 1939-1945
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Interview with Mr. R. P. Rosenhain : an oral history interview with Mr Rosenhain who worked as an apprentice with the John Bowker Investment Syndicate in 1941 and 1942 when the company was developing their prototype electric motor car.

South Australian motor cars 1881-1942 / compiled by George Brooks and Ivan Hoffmann. Dover Gardens, S. Aust. : Vinall family, 1987



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