Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Southern Odyssey Part 3 (Final)

No less than a month and a day after the event, here lies the third and final installment in the Southern Odyssey.


As per Part 1 and Part 2 of this odyssey, the stops along the way where we considered there to be a reasonable expectation of typewriters are numbered in the map below.

1. Bowning, NSW: Bowning Antiques Centre. Bowning

TYPEWRITER 8 (excluding the hundreds witnessed at the Australian Typewriter Museum): Boring late model Royal 203 in Bowning Antiques.

2. Gundagai, NSW: Tuckerbox Antiques.

Jack O'Hagen: Along the Road to Gundagai

 Post office


Antiques shop / theatre


TYPEWRITER 9- In Antique store (3)- Boring electric Brother

TYPEWRITERS 10, 11, 12 in antique store (2)- Remington Portable 4; Imperial Good Companion; Hanimax (?)

I didn't pay them a lot of attention to be honest, with the plainly ridiculous price tags. Also in antique store (2) was TYPEWRITER 13- Mystery Typewriter. This typewriter was a mystery to both of us. Scott has since done some research on this mystery typewriter and covers this dusty mystery in the same blog post that I have hyperlinked above.

From Yackandandah we needed to make some pretty good time in order to get to Melbourne by (late) dinner, so other than a brief refill of petrol we drove the final 300km without stopping. As the lights of Melbourne started to rise up before us, a sense of achievement started to grow, and so it was, in suburban driveway in Pascoe Vale on the 21st April 2014 that our Odyssey ended. On these trips one learns exactly how big Australia is. Not only due to the huge distances traveled while you're traveling, but the comparatively tiny stretch of the country you've actually explored with all those kilometers when you look at the whole thing on a map.

3 days
4 capital cities (Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne)
(approx) 1975km
1 game of darts
13 typewriters
2 purchased
1 damn good trip.



  1. Epic journey! If I ever win the lottery, I really want to get a motor home and drive to every dang small town in America hitting thrifts and secondhand stores for a year and blogging all the way. That would be a heck of a vacation. :D

    1. Great idea for a retirement!

    2. Agreed. It's a lifestyle I could definitely get used to! Pack real light and leave plenty of room for typewriters

  2. Great travelogue. You say it is about the journey, you hear it is about the journey but only once you have made the journey do you know it is about the journey. Also, Ted, can I come too?

  3. Steve, I had a great trip with you. I hope to do a long distance drive again with you sometime! Thanks a heap. Great writeup too.

  4. Rob- couldn't agree more. You do tho get at least a good inkling it's about the journey while you're dusting off hidden typewriters in a country town thrift store!

    Scott- likewise. Next time.

  5. That's a great trip, well told. Interesting how typewriter inflation is everywhere. Love the town names you have down there.