The Prince & The Beggar Maid (and the Mac)

Here is a great old picture of a big colonial style compound McLaren engine, either an 8NHP or 10NHP machine:

McLaren Traction Engine in Keswick, South Australia

The caption which is quite difficult to see on this scan but it reads:

"The Prince & The Beggar Maid

Leaving Keswick

By Special Road Express Aug 18 / 11"

Wikipedia tells me that Keswick is a suburb of Adelaide in South Australia.

The Prince & The Beggar Maid is a play, which has been told for many centuries, you can make out this name on the on the boxes on the first trailer. I would assume from that this is some sort of travelling show, the actors and actresses sitting onboard the trailers, perhaps not the most comfortable way to travel.

I don't have any more details on the engine, if it is one of the number of surviving McLaren's in Australia but would welcome any further information.



Campbell McCutcheon
08/05/2017 - 10:07 #

Hi, I too have a copy of this card, and would dispute the South Australia accreditation. The card is by A. Pettitt of Keswick (Alfred Pettitt), who was a Cumbrian photographer and postcard publisher. And that means this view is in Keswick, Cumbria, England.

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