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Cycling Communities: Bicycle Clubs in Australia, 1860s to 2000s

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Wollondilly Heritage Centre

43 Edward Street

The Oaks, NSW 2570

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The formation of bicycle clubs in Australia closely reflects the costs of purchasing a bicycle. In the 1860s it was largely a pastime for the rich and affluent, by the 1890s it widened to include the middle classes and by the turn of the twentieth century, opportunities opened up for the first time to the working classes. By the 1960s and especially in the 1970s, bicycle users turned away from the low tech bicycle towards the now affordable automobile. However by the 1990s and 2000s the bicycle acquired new meanings, practicalities and charm of bicycles were discovered yet again by new affluent professional classes. Join Dr Marc Rerceretnam for a look at the history of Australia's cycling clubs.

Hosted by The Oaks Historical Society.

Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2017, supported by Create NSW.

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