Fox Classic Car Collection

The Fox Classic Car Collection contains over 50 of the world’s most rare and prestigious vehicles.  Collected over a 30-year period by trucking businessman Lindsay Fox it contains vehicles previously owned by Ringo Starr, Bing Crosby and Bob Jane to name a few.

The collection is guaranteed to capture everybody’s imagination, with prominent examples of Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, Rolls Royce and one of the largest Mercedes-Benz car collections in the southern hemisphere. The collection has them all with vehicles steeped in history, one off prototypes and cars that dreams are made of.

OPENING TIMES

Tuesdays          10am – 2pm

Wednesdays     10am – 2pm
Saturdays          10am – 1pm

Special Opening:

Monday 27 March    10am – 2pm

Closed:

Easter Saturday: 15 April 2017

ANZAC Day:
Tuesday 25 April 2017

Melbourne Cup: 
Tuesday 7 November 2017

Openings commence:

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Last open day:

Wednesday 30 November 2016

ADMISSION FEES

Mr Lindsay Fox AC

Lindsay Edward Fox AC (born 19 April 1937) is an Australian businessman. He is best known as the founder and chairman of his family-owned trucking and logistics company, Linfox.

Lindsay Fox was brought up in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran in a working class family. He was educated at Melbourne High School, but was asked to leave during Year 10, at age 16, due to his lack of academic interest. He started working as a truck driver and was able to use this as a springboard to found Linfox, a logistics company that has about 18,000 employees. He has since visited Melbourne High School on numerous formal occasions.  He is known for his tremendous work ethic, raw business savvy and philanthropic generosity.

Fox advised the Federal and Victorian governments on youth suicide and is on the board of the National Advisory Council on Suicide Prevention. In 1992 he was named "Victorian Father of the Year". He was was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours of 1992, in recognition of service to the transport industry and to the community. In 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal. In the Australia Day Honours of 2008, he was advanced to Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), in recognition of his continued service to the transport and logistics industries, to business through the development and promotion of youth traineeships, and to the community through a range of philanthropic endeavours.

For many of his earlier years Lindsay Fox played Australian rules football with moderate success, and he continues his involvement with the sport. Recruited from the St Kilda Football Club's thirds side (which he captained), Fox was sent to Golden Point Football Club in the Ballarat Football League before he returned to make his Victorian Football League debut in 1960. Fox did not think much of his footballing abilities, but as a ruckman he went on to play 20 games (for 3 goals) between 1959 and 1961. Following his stint in the VFL, he went to the VFA, playing firstly for Moorabbin, where he won a premiership, and then for Brighton-Caulfield, where he moved after Moorabbin's expulsion from the Association. He later returned in an administrative role, becoming the president of the Saints in 1979.

Lindsay Fox has a passion for classic vehicles and has been collecting for a number of years. These are on display for the public to view and enjoy, located in the Queen’s Warehouse in the Melbourne Docklands precinct. The collection is renown within Australia and overseas.

When  asked by George Negus how he describes himself politically, Fox replied: "I guess, Labor think I'm Liberal, Liberal think I'm Labor, the Catholics think I'm Protestant, the Protestants think I'm Catholic. The local rabbi delivers me matse. So I guess, bottom line, I'm an Australian".

 

Entry Fees:

$12 adult

$10 concession

$5 children 12 years and under

Entry fees support charities

Please note cost for children
during school visits is $10

No charge for preschool children

 

Free parking available on site for

duration of your visit.

Guided group tours of 20+ people by appointment only, please contact us

on 03 9620 4086.

 

The Queens Warehouse

The Queen's Warehouse is also of  historical significance as the place where, in 1913, the first Australian bank notes and in 1912-13, the first Australian bank notes and first series of the Commonwealth "Kangaroo and Map" stamp series were printed in this building.

This building was first used to administer the colonial customs regulations and, after Australian Federation in 1901, was used by Federal Customs. Between 1908 and 1924, half the building was taken over by the Department of Treasury.

Site History

The site formerly contained a mix of  buildings utilised by the Port of Melbourne Authority, transport and  cargo operations. All these buildings have been demolished to make way for the “Ace” development.

The building was returned to the State  Government in 1995 when the  Commonwealth agreed to hand over the building to the State of Victoria for a  nominal sum to become the home of a  historic car museum.

Construction Style

With the demand for a decent customs house, the new two storey Queen’s Warehouse was built in the 1890’s replacing the one located at 400 Flinders Street. The Queens Warehouse was erected for storage of seized, detained, confidential and bonded goods. It was originally called the Kings Warehouse, as our monarch at the time was a king.

The Queen's Warehouse was constructed in 1889-90 to the design of Victorian Public Works Architect Alexander James Macdonald, who simultaneously worked on the drawings for the Omeo Post Office.

Macdonald became assistant to Walter  Burley Griffin in 1913-1914 when the  American was made Director of Federal Capital Works The foundations were laid by Turnbull Bros and the superstructure was built by James H C Sutherland.  It is a two storey, brick, arcaded warehouse.  The design utilised new fireproof   construction techniques, which combined deep profile, corrugated iron, segmental vaulting and concrete in the flooring system. This characteristic made the building a suitable choice for the Commonwealth's new stamp and bank note printing works in 1908.

How is it significant? The Queen's Warehouse is of architectural and historical significance to the State of Victoria as a major warehouse facility supporting Australia's involvement in WW2 and the post-war occupation of Japan. The warehouse performed the vital role of the goods distribution point for wharf and rail during the war. From 1946 to 1951 it served as the canteen store for the British  Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan, the supply of which force was conducted out of Australia.

Between 1908 and 1924 it was Australia's first postage stamp and bank note printing works. The production of postage stamps became a Federal responsibility after 1901. Before that time, each of the states printed their own stamps.

In 1924, as the result of an inquiry the printing establishment was moved to Fitzroy and the King’s Warehouse reverted to its original use under the control of the Customs Department.

It became apparent that the location and design of the building contributed to the deterioration of the expensive note printing machinery and created technical problems in the note production. It was also a fire trap as the galvanised iron lining the ground floor ceiling was not suitable protection from fire between the customs shed and paper store.

 

Why is it significant?

The Queen's Warehouse is of architectural significance as an essentially intact and finely executed major work of the important Public Works Department architect, A J Macdonald who produced many innovative designs for Public Buildings.  Originally the arches were in filled with brick except for a small window with heavy glazing bars.

The more extensive glazing was carried out when the building was used for stamp and note printing to allow light to enter.  It is an early example of the unadorned, brick arcaded warehouses that dominated this building type over the subsequent three decades. It is also architecturally significant for its unusual substructure: the large brick warehouse sits on timber pilings and bearers, a response to a difficult and formerly swampy site. The Queen's Warehouse is of historical significance for its century-long  involvement with the customs services of Victoria and the Commonwealth.

Its position between the Yarra River, the Spencer Street rail yards and Victoria Dock is indicative of this important function. The warehouse's substantial size reflects the growth of the port of Melbourne at the end of the 19th century, when Melbourne was a prosperous and expanding colony.

 

 

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Fox Classic Car Collection

749-755 Collins Street

DOCKLANDS   3008

PH:  03 9620 4086