Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

1905: First Car Comes to Tweed

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

1905: First Car Comes to Tweed

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The first petrol driven motor cars were produced in the mid-1880s but 20 years was to pass before a motor car made its appearance on the Tweed.

"Quite a mild sensation was caused locally" when, one Sunday morning in 1905, the first motor car arrived in Murwillumbah.

The machine, a large and handsomely appointed De Dion car (see picture below), was driven by a Mr Elliott who was described as one of Sydney's most prominent motorists and the first man to drive through its streets in an automobile.

The French-made De Dion motor car was reported to have about 10 or 12 horsepower and had three forward speeds and one reverse.

On the trip from Newcastle Mr Elliott was accompanied by Mr J Russell French, General Director of the Bank of New South Wales, and another of the directors, the Honourable Reginald Black.

The purpose of the trip was to tour the Northern Rivers of NSW with stops being made at Taree, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Grafton, Casino, Lismore, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah. …

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