Image – Oakleigh Motel, circa 1957. Courtesy of the National Archives of Australia

Tim Ross' New Tome Is A Tribute To Australians On Holiday

The Australiana aficionado takes a nostalgic deep-dive into our motels of yesteryear.

Sally Tabart
30th of May 2019

Tim Ross loves motels. This year he made a show about them, performed in motels all over the country. And now he’s made a whole book about them! MOTEL – Images of Australia on Holidays is a nostalgic trip through motel life in Australia between the 1950s and 1989. ‘Many of us remember the summer ritual of packing up the car with half the stuff we owned and heading for our chosen “spot” in often incident-packed road trips,’ says Tim – central to those memorable journeys was the motel.

Trawling through the National Archives of Australia to source images for this new book, Tim has created a time capsule back to a when everything moved a little slower, and going on holidays felt a little more special.

‘Giving these important moments in our collective past a chance to be seen by a new audience is something that I’m very excited about’, Tim tells. ‘I suggest that people make themselves a thermos of instant coffee, grab those twin-packs of biscuits and back the old station wagon all the way down memory lane.’

‘Motel: Images of Australia on Holidays’ is now available to purchase via and at the upcoming round of Motel live shows

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