Museum of Brisbane

Sunday Stories | Brisbane’s First Motor Car, 1902

Sunday Stories | Brisbane’s First Motor Car, 1902

This is Mr & Mrs Trackson in 1902 sitting in their steam powered Locomobile which was the first motor car in Brisbane. The car is parked in front of Trackson Brothers premises next to the Police Courts in Elizabeth Street. James Trackson came to Australia from England and was a qualified electrical engineer as well as a motoring enthusiast. James Trackson also never had an accident throughout his motoring life. “I attribute my immunity from accidents, to the fact that I have driven as if every other driver was deaf and blind, making liberal allowances for the fools.” Mr J Trackson. In a city where the population is literally learning to drive for the first time, caution was possibly a great strategy!

Thanks to SLQ for this incredible image.