The work of Dave Carstairs is now on permanent display at the Gippsland
Vehicle Collection in Maffra. Dave worked as a teacher, mechanical engineer and
for thirty years, as a wheelwright. A very talented craftsman, Dave produced many varieties and makes of Vintage and Veteran wooden spoked wheels. A couple of his most famous repairs were for Dame Nellie Melba’s Pierce-Arrow (requisitioned by the French in World War II and returned in disrepair so Dame Nellie donated it to the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade who refitted it as a pumper which has been restored -Dave did the very large rear wheels). The other famous car was Genevieve a 1904 Darracq from the 1953 movie of the same name. Dave did all four wheels of this car.
The curator of the Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Andrew Gallagher, was delighted to receive the wheels, spokes and information about Dave’s wheel work.
He immediately set to work designing the display. The display was officially opened
on Sunday 23 February with members of Dave’s family and friends attending.
The Gippsland Vehicle Collection is located at 1A Sale Rd. Maffra and is open
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am – 4pm and all school holidays.