Tuesday 4th August 1925
Noel Westwood and Greg L Davies driving a Citroen 5CV left Perth and returned to that city on 30th December, to complete the first circumnavigation of Australia by car. The vehicle was a second hand Citroen 5CV with 48,000km already on the clock. Their adventures included passing the burnt wreckage of a car abandoned by adventurer and explorer Francis Birtles on an earlier trip to the Northern Territory. Along their journey, punctured tyres were filled with grass and cowhide, and in one incident, the car was carried across the Fitzroy River by local Aboriginals. By Albury on the boarder of New South Wales and Victoria, Greg Davies had had enough and quit the trip. Westwood continued and went on to Melbourne and Adelaide, completing his trip in Perth on December 30, 1925 – during which time he had amassed a total of 17,220 km. Today, the Citroen 5CV is proudly displayed in the main hall of the National Australian Museum.