- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 21 April 2017
Located in Sydney’s inner-west, the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club is credited as (probably) being the oldest continuously operational bicycle club in Australia. The DHBC was joined by many other cycling clubs across Australia who have attained historically significance in their roles of being an active and social outlet for youth; cycle-sport, leadership and support provided by cycling clubs have positively impacted many Australian communities.
Dr Marc Rerceretnam will be presenting a talk about the history of cycling clubs in Australia on May 2. 2017 at the Dulwich Hill Library with particular focus on the 1908 established Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club. As an independent researcher and author, Dr Rerceretnam is an active road cyclist and time trialist, the co-organiser of the annual Sydney Classic Bicycle Show and a long time member of the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club.
The talk is part of Heritage Week and will explore the role and popularity of cycling and cycling clubs in Australia which, since the first introduction of bicycles, have experienced shifting popularity among socio-economic classes.
When the first pedalled bicycles appeared in the Australian colonies in the 1860s it was primarily a pursuit for the affluent. The popularity of Australian bicycle clubs was affected by the comparatively high cost of purchasing a bicycle. By the 1890s, the prices of bicycles decreased and with the increase in accessibility, cycling clubs began to attract more people from the middle classes. However by the turn of the twentieth century, the arrival of new motorised personal transportation caught the attention of the rich and middle classes who again lost interest in bicycles. By then, the bicycle finally became affordable for the working classes so were within reach of the mass market and bicycle clubs flourished across Australia.
Decades later, following the end of World War Two, the post war economic boom brought about an increase in personal wealth and private motorised transportation became more affordable. In the 1960s and 1970s, the mass market then turned away from the low tech and inconvenient bicycle to affordable automobiles.
In the 1990’s and into the new millennium the bicycle began to acquire a different role as a new affluent and professional class began to recognise it’s long forgotten charms and practicalities.
The talk by Dr Marc Rerceretnam commences at 6:30pm to 8:00pm and there is no cost:
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Venue: Dulwich Hill Library, 362-372 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill NSW 2203 (next to Tella Balls Dessert Bar)