Australis (automobile)

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The Australis was an Australian automobile manufactured in Leichhardt, New South Wales, from 1896 to 1906 by G.W. & G. Wood. The company began production with a motor driven bicycle in 1895. Only three Australis vehicles were produced: a second motor driven bicycle in 1896, a single-cylinder 3hp two-seat light buggy in 1900 and a 7hp (5 kW) twin-cylinder light buggy in 1906.[1] The original engine from the 1900 Australis buggy is now part of the Powerhouse Museum collection and is thought to be the oldest surviving Australian built engine.[2]


  1. ^ David Burgess Wise, The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles
  2. ^ Powerhouse Museum. "Australia motor car engine, 1900". Powerhouse Museum, Australia. Retrieved 11 March 2012.