Melbourne: The Thomson Motor Car Ltd., circa 1900.
"In issuing this account of the first Australian motor-car long distance journey, a brief history of the motor phaeton, and the events leading up to such severe journey being undertaken by it, would be interesting.
In 1896, Mr. Herbert Thomson, a clever young engineer at Armadale, Victoria, was fully convinced that motor cars would become the vehicles of the future, and in order to give the matter thorough investigation, resolved to build a car in his spare time. Having no recognised data to work upon, progress was slow, each part having to be well studied. However, the vehicle grew apace, and in 1898 the first trial was made successfully. Naturally, in such a new invention, there was always room for improvement, and by this time, having a practical as well as theoretical experience to work upon, the car quickly became an "article of commerce". Early in 1900 a strong syndicate company was formed to procure patents throughout the world, and introduce the car generally, with a view of establishing large manufacturing companies throughout Australasia...."
The Thomson Motor Car Limited
Melbourne, June 14th, 1900.
"The introduction of the Motor Car must surely go a long way towards giving the colonies better roads, and it is not such a rash statement to make that ere long we will have the "coming vehicle" speeding along merrily through our country roads, excelling our old friend the horse, and equaling the utility of the railroad."
Octavo, illustrated paper wrappers, 16 pages, mild water discolouration to front cover with a slightly more pronounced effect to the back, embrowned final and title page, clear and bright throughout, a very good copy.