The Museum was created by the Strathalbyn Tourism Association, with the assistance of volunteers from the community and sponsors.
In 2018, the Gilbert family announced that it would be closing it’s business in High Street after 117 years of motoring activity.
The site and it’s history made it difficult to modernise for other businesses, but the Strathalbyn Tourism Association recognised it’s potential as a Motor Museum site.
The Gilberts supported the idea and made the space available. In August 2019, the front show room was opened – in conjunction with the Strathalbyn Antiques Fair, to promote the venue and that we needed, cars, money and volunteers, not necessarily in that order.
Strathalbyn and South Australia has a huge motoring history.
At the Museum we want to ensure that the cars and items on display have a story that brings them to life!
Come and see the 1928 Buick, that sits on the same spot it occupied before being sold from new – and it’s only done 17,000 miles!
Other vehicles are more”usual”, but bring back memories for many people.
We hope our constantly changing exhibitions will touch everybody.
Love Everything Automotive?
Motoring history, veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and motor sports vehicles are on show in beautiful Strathalbyn.
The museum is an initiative of the Strathalbyn Tourism Association, a non-profit, volunteer group who are dedicated to promoting tourism in the area through events and sponsorship of local community groups.
The museum is located in the historic building owned and used by the Gilbert family since the early 1900’s up to the business closure in December 2018. During this time Gilbert’s manufactured Treblig bicycles and motorcycles, sold home appliances, motor vehicles including Buick and Holden, and farm machinery. They also had vehicle repair and bodywork facilities.
Vehicles on display include those sold new from the premises, veteran, vintage, classic and motor sports vehicles.
Of particular interest will be the display of racing vehicles from Rowley Park Speedway, kindly organised by the Veteran Speedcar Club.