Leyland Lion DP76 in 1969

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Roderick Smith
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Leyland Lion DP76 in 1969

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Perth (WA). WAGR Leyland DP76. Tues.14.1.69. (Roderick Smith)

From Australian Bus Fleet Lists:
Leyland Lion PSR1/1, chassis L02676; Bolton body; Seating C20FV. Now 6BR347 Private Owner (mobile home); was UQD877 / WAG8976.

Roderick B Smith
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Great shot, right down to the Holden with the old white on black number plates that started being replaced with reflective white ones with black lettering from October 1968
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Slightly going off topic.

If you had a vehicle in those days sporting white on black plates, you had to front up at a depot in Hay St east, take off your old plates and attach your shiny new black on white "reflector" plates. That was after forking out the sum of $1.50. This took place over the period 1968 - 1970. It was fun watching people battle getting their old plates off and trying to fit the new ones. Especially if the old ones were riveted on, or the old ones had extra mounting holes to fit non standard plate holders. The new ones only had the standard set of 8 holes that the plates had in those days.

If you had alpha numeric plates, you received new plates with the same alpha numerics as the old ones. If you had an old baked enamel all numeric plate, you received an alpha numeric plate with reissued alpha numerics that were remade from "retired" sequences. In a period of 2 years all all numeric plates disappeared. History thrown in the bin. Just because someone thought "reflector" plates were a brilliant idea.

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Friend of mine has a 1954 year car that has been in his family since new. Its rego was 58588. The reflective plate issued when the old all numeric plate was compulsorily taken away was ULP588. I don't know if other all numeric got to keep some of the original numbers though.

The all numeric plates issued at the Great plate Auction many years ago are not authentic for Western Australia as they have WA on them. Our original number plates didn't have a state identifier. An old car that I own came from Victoria. Its original number plate has VIC vertically down the left and then a two letter and three number combination. MK451.

Back to the topic, good to see the old State Government number plates, - white on blue on the bus and the white on red Transport Board plate. Brings back the memories.
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No one got to keep their old all numeric plates. That's why I said history thrown in the bin.

Now your friend's 1954 car is not authentic in all historic aspects as it has lost its original number plate to some bureaucratic decision made in 1968.

All other states gradually moved to reflector plates by natural attrition. Sensible decision. Any vehicles still on the road after 20 or more years are only still on the road as they have been looked after and deserve to keep their original plate. All vehicles have lights & reflectors, so I don't see why WA deemed it necessary to force everyone onto reflector plates all at once, at owners expense. The bulk of old non reflector plates would have gradually disappeared over time as they did elsewhere in Australia.

Was this the gestation of "nanny state" that WA is often referred to as these days?

Sorry to stay off topic.

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Thrown in the sea and some rivers and some ended up set on fire at various tips around Perth
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Back onto the topic, Dp76 is still alive and well, - with a long term member of Bus Preservation Society of Western Australia.
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"MUCKINBUDIN" desto ! - What a destination!

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Living in the Shire.

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