Bill Buckle – Automotive Engineer and Dealer

Object Lesson
This is the story of the Dart Goggomobil.
Bill Buckle
Object No. 89/1523-1
Goggomobil 'Dart' car
I came back home, found out as much about fibreglass as I could, and thought it was a feasible proposition to build a sports car in Australia.

Between 1957 and 1961, Bill Buckle produced the Goggomobil Dart bodies in Sydney. Australian Goggomobil cars were fitted with lightweight fibreglass bodies in place of their German counterparts’ steel bodies.

Figure sits at a desk writing on an illuminated surface, at a birds eye view

Object Lesson

Object Lesson is a Powerhouse digital content series that upends and inverts the legacy of a set of lesson cards held in the collection since 1880. Named for English educator. Elizabeth Mayo’s 1831 publication Lessons on Objects, the series is underpinned by a desire to learn more about the objects in our collection from people and communities who have special relationships with them.

‘Knowledge stems not only from teacher or institution or object alone — but at the intersection of all.’ – Agatha Gothe-Snape, Powerhouse artistic associate

Commissioned and produced by Powerhouse

Director: Yeoseop Yoon
Cinematographer: Christopher Miles

Commissioning editor: Lisa Havilah
Creative director: Callum Cooper
Creative producer: Cara Stewart
Production assistant: Georgina Veneziani
Curator: Damian McDonald
Curatorial project coordinator: Jane Latief