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Dulwich Hill Cycling Days - Heritage Festival 2017
Tue. 2 May 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEST
This talk by specialist cycling historian Dr Marc Rerceretnam recounts the days when cycling clubs were arriving in suburbs like Dulwich Hill. Popular with newly arrived Europeans, the sport quickly caught on with the locals. Dr Marc will use the rarely seen archives of the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club (recently donated to Inner West Library and History Services) to take us on a tour of when cycle racing was all the rage in the inner west.
The DHBC has been part of the social fabric of the Inner West since 1908 and not only played a pivotal role in nurturing local sportspersons but acted as an active social network for all youngsters. For a century, the club cultivated a sense of community for many in the area and helped foster a creative and healthy outlet for many youngsters at a time when the inner west was chock-a-block full of young boys and girls keen for fraternal guidance and healthy outdoor activity. The talk will contribute to the understanding of how inner west neighbourhoods developed over the years, as attendees step into the past and explore how communities developed over time.
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