Johnj wrote:A bit more research and I now think that this bike was probably built in early 1958. David's first race (and first win) was in July 1957. Twelve(!) St George riders were selected to compete for NSW in the national road and track championships in March 1958, where the Empire Games team was decided. Of the eight riders selected for the Empire Games, four were from St George. Three of them, Frank Brazier, Col Wilkinson and Terry Flanagan were selected for the Empire Games road race. Interesting that the club helped to raise the £1600 needed to send the four riders to Cardiff.
So, it looks unlikely that the bike dates from 1956. But it looks highly likely that David's recollection of it being one of a batch of frames built for St George riders is correct. Additionally, Frank Brazier won an Empire Games silver medal on his.
Here are the newspaper articles. They're a good window into amateur cycle racing in the 1950s.
Great bike beautiful lines your very fortunate,if you look one of those clippings mentions my Uncle Ian Chapman and funny enough his track bike that he rode at the Tokyo games was for sale on evilbay recently badged as a Paconi resprayed and made to look modern, ruined IMO but i will ask him about your frame and builder he may have some additional info.By memory he rode to a bronze medal in the 1000m TT.