Listen to interviews of Jim Fitzpatrick.
on Australian cycling history.
Margaret Throsby's ABC Classic FM MIDDAY program, 6 May 2013; replayed 14 Oct 2016.
Trevor Chappell's ABC OVERNIGHTS program, 27 May 2013.
Jeff McLean, 88.9 WYNFM, Werribee Victoria, 26 July 2014.
The island continent of Australia and the bicycle seem almost to have been made for one another. From 1893 the machine was adopted over the next two decades for more varied uses, and was routinely ridden over greater distances as part of daily rural life, than anywhere else on earth.
Explorers, gold-miners, trail-blazers, preachers, sheep-shearers and early film-makers covered amazing distances in the most challenging conditions, mounted on two wheels and powered only by human energy.