Object StatementCaravan, fast food, 'Harry's Cafe de Wheels', metal / timber / vinyl, maker unknown, used by Harry Edwards and Alex Kuronya, Australia, 1945
Physical DescriptionCaravan, fast food, 'Harry's Cafe de Wheels', metal / timber / vinyl, used by Harry Edwards and Alex Kuronya, made in Australia, maker unknown, 1945
Converted box style caravan with slightly arched roof made from a metal frame, timber body and vinyl trimmings. The caravan has a horizontal two-door serving counter (rectangular in shape) with an access door on the right end. The left end features a small compartment with padlocked doors, containing an electronic fuse box and generator. The caravan is painted white with various red, blue, green and black advertising and decoration. The paint is peeling and has been damaged in sections and it is mostly discoloured. On the roof of the caravan is a rectangular sign propped up with diagonal strips of metal with seven light bulbs across the top. There is another sign propped up to the side of this with three light bulbs (above the left end featuring the small compartment). Inside the caravan is a kitchenette area, storage shelving and air vent with vinyl flooring. There are also loose remains of signage and sheet metal.
MarksOn the main serving side of the caravan cafe is, 'HARRY'S CAFE DE-WHEELS' in red with 'WE SELL & / RECOMMEND', 'BIRDS', 'Quality / SMALLGOODS' below this. On either side of the serving counter it says, 'Harry's / Pies / & / Peas' and 'HOT / DOGS' with 'PEPSI' and 'JOIN THE / PEPSI / GENERATION' along the lower section. There is also a torn ' 'DO / THE RIGHT / THING' ' sticker facing customers stuck onto the back of a shelf inside the serving counter. The other side of the caravan is unmarked. On one end there is a 'Schweppes' sign written in white on a blue background with 'Harry's CAFE DE WHEELS / TEA - COFFEE' below this. On a protruding compartment on this same side is also, 'Harry's / Pies / & / Peas' and a ' 'DO / THE RIGHT / THING' ' sticker. The other end only features a window sticker with 'ARLEC' written back the front and a picture of a loudspeaker.
Inside the cafe are two blackboards with the menu handwritten on them in chalk. The first blackboard reads 'PIE PEAS + SAUCE 1.00 / PIE + PEAS 90c / PIE + SAUCE 90c / PIE 80c / HOT DOG 1.10 / HOT DOG + PEAS 1.20'. Below this only the price is shown, '1.00 / 90c / 90c / 80c'. On the right section of this same blackboard is, 'COFFEE 60c / TEA 50c / TOMATO SOUP 60c / DRINKS 70' and below this a section with a chalk line drawn around it, 'MILD MUSTARD / HOT MUSTARD / TOMATO SAUCE / BBQ SAUCE / CHILLI SAUCE / WORCESTER / SAUCE / MINT SAUCE'. The second blackboard reads, 'AMERICAN MUSTARD / HOT ENGLISH / TOMATO SAUCE / CHILLI SAUCE / BAR-B-Q SAUCE / WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE'.