Letter 2 - Buick Motor Car

Buick Motor Car

Since its introduction to the Australian market, Buick has enjoyed a reputation for luxurious vehicles, exceptional craftsmanship, and innovative engineering.  Buick is one of the the oldest automotive brands in the United States, with the first two Buick automobiles introduced in 1899 and 1900.  David Dunbar Buick founded the Buick Motor Company in 1903 in Detroit, Michigan and the Model B was introduced in 1904. The company quickly gained recognition for its commitment to quality craftsmanship and engineering excellence, with early models showcasing innovative features and a focus on comfort.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Buick experienced remarkable growth and success. The Roaring Twenties brought about a newfound sense of prosperity, and the company introduced several iconic models during this time, including:

  • the Buick Series 50, also known as the "Marquette"
  • the Buick Master Six series

In the subsequent decades, Buick continued to evolve and adapt to the changing market, reflecting the preferences and demands of local consumers. The brand introduced modern and technologically advanced models that appealed to a new generation of car buyers.

Today, Buick's significance in Australia remains evident. The brand continues to offer a range of sedans and SUVs that cater to diverse consumer needs and preferences. 

 Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock is a well-known destination for visitors in Victoria, and has been since the 1800s. The former volcano is a distinctive geological rock formation, estimated to be around six million years old.  The rock is a prominent, culturally significant landmark for three Aboriginal Traditional Owner groups – the Woi Wurrung (Wurundjeri), the Djaara and the Taungurung. Archaeological evidence found at Hanging Rock demonstrates Aboriginal use and occupation for at least 10,000 years.

The Hanging Rock Racing Club was formed in 1885 and conducted biannual races which continue to this day. In 1887, Hanging Rock Reserve (the crown land reserve containing Hanging Rock) was officially declared a reserve because of its significance to Victoria.

The publication of Joan Lindsay's novel "Picnic at Hanging Rock" in 1967 brought the rock into the public eye and made it an even more popular tourist destination. The novel tells the fictional story of a group of schoolgirls who disappear during a picnic at Hanging Rock. The book was adapted into a film in 1975, which further increased the rock's popularity.

In 1924, the Woodend Apex Club constructed the "Mystery Hut" as a shelter for picnickers and hikers. The hut's name is a reference to the events of "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and became a popular destination for visitors seeking to experience the eerie atmosphere of the novel.

Today, Hanging Rock remains a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. The reserve offers:

  • a variety of walking trails and picnic areas
  • stunning views of the surrounding countryside
  • country horse races held twice a year (New Year's Day and Australia Day)
  • the annual Car Display of classic cars
  • concerts of international acts
  • overnight camping

Hanging Rock continues to be a place of spiritual significance to the indigenous people of the area and remains an important part of Victoria's cultural and natural heritage.


 Sources for images and further reading