This image has All Rights Reserved.
Please follow the Buy or license link under each image to apply to use this image. (Charges may apply)
Why you need to apply for the use of this image
Rights for this work may be:
- controlled by the artist, the artist's estate, or other rights holders; or
- unclear - Te Papa will do a more detailed analysis of the work’s rights history; or
- covered by Te Papa’s Mana Taonga principle which supports the rights of holders of traditional knowledge to determine how the image may be used.
You need to make sure you don’t infringe on the rights of third parties before you use this image. Our image request process helps with this. Te Papa does not authorise the use of this image beyond the uses allowed by the “fair dealing” provisions of the New Zealand Copyright Act, 1994.
More information about copyright
We recommend these resources for more information:
- Copyright in NZ - Ministry of Economic Development
- Copyright guidelines and resource - Lianza
- Enabling use and re-use - Digital NZ
Find more information about Te Papa's rights project on our blog, including how rights types are assigned.
Get in touch
Please contact email@example.com
- if you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, or
- if you wish to contact the rights holder for this work. We will assist where we can.
Reichenbach, Richard D. (manufacturer(s)), 1937, Wellington
|Materials||Rimu, plywood, linen, metal, rubber, sheet glass|
|Classification||caravans, recreational vehicles|
x 5570mm (Length)
x 2050mm (Width/Depth)
|Credit line||Gift of the Reichenbach family, 2002|
The caravan has long been synonymous with New Zealand summer holidays. This caravan was made by Richard Reichenbach, an electrical engineer from the Manawatu, for his honeymoon in 1937. This example is one of the oldest in the country, and is a gem of do-it-yourself ingenuity.
The caravan sits on a steel frame and was towed with a bar and spring, devised to allow for movement on the road. It could be parked at right angles and cranked down on to feet for stability. Its body is constructed of rimu and the same canvas used in the construction of Air Force planes, painted many times over the years to keep it weatherproof.
The interior is lined with marine plywood for easy maintenance. It features bunks, a swing-down table, a battery light, and a gas-powered cooker and refrigerator. A canvas awning provided outdoor shelter for eating and a place for the children to sleep when they grew older.
Results from DigitalNZ
Searching 27 million digital objects from over 150 content partners across New Zealand
- Car and caravan, Awhitu, 1938. - Auckland Libraries
- Car and caravan, Pukekohe, 1938. - Auckland Libraries
- caravan - Ministry for Culture and Heritage
- AARDVARK DEMO REELÂ - The Film Archive
Disclaimer: This information was created from historic documentation, and may not necessarily reflect the best available knowledge about the item. Some collection images are created for identification purposes only and may not be of reproduction quality. Some images are not available due to copyright restrictions. If you have information or questions about objects in the collection, contact us using our enquiry form. You can also find out more about Collections Online.