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Journeys : April May 2010
www.rochesbeachliving.com.au State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress Call John Crane to inspect. Free call 1800 246 418 The majority of Tasmanian motorists war mly approve the Legislative Council's action in throwing out the Shops Bill which would have restricted hours for the sale of petrol and oil. This was the main story in the Tasmanian Motor News, the jour nal of the R ACT in April 1953. The motorist prefers the liberty of filling up his tank when and where he will, thundered Motor News. In 1953, the R ACT was still called the Royal Autocar Club of Tasmania. The Coronation was approaching and the event was well-covered in Motor News, which mentioned a beautiful young Queen who will dedicate herself to our service ... a nd informed readers that Bruce Dowse, one of the two Launceston lads who will attend the Coronation, is a most enthusiastic member of the Light Car Club of Tasmania. Motor News also reported on Australia's A dive in the archive - 1953 low population: Great Britain today is so heavily populated that, even with rationing, she must import the bulk of food that her people eat ... a logical course would seem to be to transfer Britain's surplus population to our empty spaces. With a passion that has never deserted the R ACT, Motor News reported on the road toll, informing readers that in 1952, 2000 Australian s died on the roads. In Tasmania, over the holiday months of December 1952 and January 1953, 11 people died on Tasmanian roads and 224 were injured. Official figures showed that in August 1952, 55,070 vehicles were registered in Tasmania, comprising about 32,000 cars, 17,000 commercial vehicles and 6000 motorcycles. Motoring was still a time for pleasant Readers enjoyed our look back to Tasmanian Motor News in 1960 -- so we decided to see what was in the April 1953 edition. Sunday afternoon drives, and Motor News reported, complete with map illustrations, on a delightful round trip from Hobart through the Huon to Margate and back via the Channel Highway. Motorists were warned not to cross double lines and to be attentive to hand signals, in those days preceding flashing indicators. The giving of proper hand signals is most important. Try not to leave the other fellow in any doubt regarding your intentions. April / May 10 28
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