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The Shearer Family
Title : The Shearer Family The Shearer Family
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Date of creation : ca. 1900
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 210 x 160 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Members of the Shearer Family in the Shearer car.

Brothers David and John Shearer established a blacksmithing and implement making business in Mannum in 1877. In 1894 David began construction of Australia's first car. He worked on the project for many years. Shearer's final design was a 'horseless carriage' powered by steam with local mallee firing the engine. It was first driven in 1897. In 1900 it was shown in Adelaide at the Adelaide Chamber of Manufacturers Exhibition. After building his successful prototype, Shearer returned to his agricultural machinery business.

Period : 1884-1913
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :

Bevan, G.A. & Vaughan, M.E. Mannum Yesterday, Adelaide: Lutheran Publishing House, 1978

Shearer, David Ltd. Australia's first motor car, [Mannum, 196-?]

Internet links :

PS : article about the Shearer car

National Motor Museum : where the car is displayed



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