National Museum launches Cycling in Australia

The NMA has started a collection of bicycles and cycling-related memorabilia.  

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 A Sutherland bicycle

They are exploring the role of the bicycle in Australia's history and also looking at current trends.

"Bicycles have been a part of Australian life for over 140 years. The bicycle first arrived in the colonies in the 1870s and soon began competing with the horse as a convenient and economical way for people to get around.

A solitary man walking beside a bicycle makes his way across a muddy road bridge. Water is pooled either side of the bridge, and dense bushland forms a backdrop.

A lone cyclist captured in a postcard image by Woy Woy photographer WE Phegan around the 1920s. 

By the end of the 19th century, bicycles were an everyday part of life for most Australians, shaping how people worked, where they lived, and what they did in their spare time"...

"Cycling declined in popularity after World War Two, as cars became more affordable, but the 1970s saw a resurgence of interest. More and more Australians are now exploring bicycles as commuter vehicles.... Australia, like many other countries around the world, faces challenges of traffic congestion, obesity and climate change. In this environment, cycling has re-emerged as an important element of future urban design and more active lifestyles".

The NMA's Cycling in Australia project "aims to ... help to tell the story of Australian cycling, to share Australians’ adventures with their bikes and to bring together people who are interested in cycling’s past, present and future".  

Explore their website to learn more and find out how you can get involved. 


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