Struben Parking System

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.


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).

Access Information

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Archivist's Note

Description created by Helen Williams, 02 Dec 2015.

Custodial History


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.