Behind the wheel

Car manufacturing is a proud part of Australian history.

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

14 July 2020 to 25 September 2020

9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday


Northern Territory Archives Centre
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT 0810



The development and demise of car manufacturing in Australia is marked with a selection of images and records from the National Archives of Australia.

Most people know about Australia's former Holden, Ford and Toyota factories. But from 1946 we also saw the local manufacture of Morris, Austin, Hillman, Mercedes and Volkswagen vehicles. 

This intriguing exhibition celebrates Australia's automotive ingenuity with a look at past car makers, stories of exports and a High Court challenge.

Guided tours

Guided tours of the exhibition run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.00 to 10.30 am. Please book your spot in advance