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Struben Parking System

National Motor Museum Trust Motoring Archives

Scope and content

The collection contains material relating to the Struben Parking System, which was designed to solve the increasing problem of traffic and car parking. It was invented by Captain Frank Edward Beattie Struben from Pretoria (c1946), and apparently taken on by Henry Graham Dudley de Chair after Struben's death (described by a letter in the collection, STB/1/1). It was designed particularly for underground construction and involved a vehicle ferry, which would transport the cars to parking bays.

The collection contains six series: [1] Struben System information; [2] Design; [3] Photographs; [4] Letters; [5] Patents; [6] Publications.

Archival history


Processing information

Description created by Helen Williams, 02 Dec 2015.

System of arrangement

In the absence of any apparent original order, the collection has been arranged to reflect the focus and context of the material. This is with the exception of the two folders containing mixed items, whose contents (after rehousing) have been left as found (STB/1).

Conditions governing access

Open to researchers, by appointment. For further information, please see: nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/Motoring_research_service

Conditions governing reproduction

Rights to access and re-use digital objects:


Rights to access and re-use archival descriptive information:

Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, ShareAlike

Related material

Associated film is held in the Film & Video Collection.

A record for Lieutenant Frank Edward Beattie Struben Royal Garrison Artillery is held by the National Archives, Kew.


1 box


Personal names:de Chair; Henry Graham Dudley Struben; Frank Edward Beattie; Captain

Language of the material


Records creator

de Chair, Henry Graham Dudley

Content provider

National Motor Museum Motoring Archives

Digital objects

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GB/307/STB/1 Struben System information
GB/307/STB/2 Design
GB/307/STB/3 Photographs
GB/307/STB/4 Letters
GB/307/STB/5 Patents
GB/307/STB/6 Publications