Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia

Special Preview

Cycle to the Museum and be one of the first to see our latest exhibition, Freewheeling: cycling in Australia, at a special early morning preview.

Enjoy a free drink at our coffee / tea station and our café will be open too.

Bike racks provided, but bring your own lock.

When: 7.30 – 9am, Saturday 27 June
Where: Museum of Tropical Queensland
RSVP: Wednesday 24 June on 4726 0600

No admission charges apply.

Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia

This exhibition captures the spirit and the passion surrounding cycling, and the machines that have made this possible.

From the introduction of the first human-powered, wheeled vehicle known as a ‘boneshaker’ in the 1860s, to penny-farthings, ‘safety bicycles’, mountain bikes, tricks bikes and light-weight racing bicycles, people have sought adventure and the pleasure of moving around under their own power.

Exhibition highlights include:
• The Cadel Evans collection - a Ridley 'Helium' road bike from the 2008 Tour de France, and a Cannondale mountain bike.
• Peter Heal's recumbent bicycle - used to set solo cycling records across and around Australia.
• Hubert Opperman's beret - worn by ‘Oppy’ throughout his life as a tribute to the French for their generous support.
• Harry Clarke's high-wheeler - an 1884 bicycle owned by a champion penny-farthing racer.
• The Ken Ross cycling collection - medals won by one of a few Australian cyclists in Europe after the First World War.
• Marion Sutherland's bicycle - made in Melbourne by Arthur Sutherland for his wife about 1913.

Freewheeling is a travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia.


Event Details

27 June 2015 09:30 AM - 05 October 2015 05:00 PM