The Old FJ and the Franklin Caravan - circa 1967


Malchi, Australia

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The image is old and faded.
Taken sometime during 1967 when my father was a driller. My Mother would follow his rig as we travelled to Cattle stations drilling water bores, or to remote areas of the country drilling test cores for minerals. This was taken somewhere in South Australia after a nights rest by the side of the track. I would have been nearly four years old when this image was taken. The old FJ towed this van from Queensland, down to South Australia and then throughout outback South Oz, including the desert country. Sometimes we could be 200 miles from any homestead or town.
We were generally self-sufficient back then. Spare parts were carried in the truck and the van. We had a half 44 gallon drum for a bath, as well as a hand operated wringer washer. My sister and I were taught via ‘Correspondence School’.
This caravan was my home from the age of three. It wasn’t until I was 9 years old that we settled into suburban life and a house.
The rego on the FJ was NCC-600. If anyone has any history with that car, please contact me.

Image info is scant. Film was (IIRC) Kodachrome slide film. The camera was a Kodak Instamatic of some vintage (new at the time). Slideshooter has suggested that the film may have been Ektachrome, due to the fading (see comments).

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