Cycling in Adelaide – then and now

Media release: Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A World War I soldier who belonged to Australia's Cycling Corps, a 1924 'Gent's Light Roadster' and a wooden-wheeled velocipede from the 1870s are among the posters on display around Adelaide as part of the Velofringe festival from 16 to 31 May. 

Following the success of their street poster display in January, staff at the National Archives have joined forces with other organisations in Adelaide to again adorn city streets with cycling memorabilia. 

'This time, we're working with the State Records of South Australia, State Library of South Australia and Adelaide City Archives to tell the story of cycling in this state through a bigger street display of posters,' said Jeremy Sibbald from the National Archives' Adelaide office. 

'The display covers the introduction of cycling to South Australia and its rise in popularity as a recreational pursuit. It also examines its impact on everyday life from the 1870s to the present day.'

The posters include quirky cycling photographs from each organisation, as well as trademarks and patents for improvements to bicycle design. Records relating to pioneering cycling businesses in Adelaide such as Bullocks Cycle Stores and Vivian Lewis Ltd are also on show. 

The National Archives is also inviting people to contribute their own photographs to the Riding Past Flickr site and to attend a public talk on the records behind the images on 22 May as part of the South Australian History Festival. Guided cycling tours of the exhibition will occur in May. 

'We also hope people will share the message on social media using #riding past for Twitter and Instagram,' said Jeremy.

Note to editors: Jeremy Sibbald is available for interview.

Contact information

  • Nick Gleghorn (Manager, State Office South Australia)
    t (08) 8204 8814 m 0408 620 872
  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0427 853 664 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au
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