From our blog
20 Mar 2014
High-wheelers, known later as penny-farthings, arrived in Melbourne in 1875, and soon confirmed the speed, excitement and potential of the bicycle. High-wheelers featured rubber ‘cushion’...
27 Feb 2014
In December 1889, Dr G. A. Thorne from Melbourne found himself with a spare fortnight at his disposal. A keen bike rider, he decided to...
07 Feb 2014
I first met Darrell Hick on Rottnest Island in 2007 while I was doing some research with the island’s heritage officer, Patsy Vizents, for the...
Explore the role of the bicycle in Australia. Tour our website to learn more about our nation’s cycling stories and important cycling objects, and to join the conversation about the bike’s past, present and future.
Follow the development of our new travelling exhibition, touring Australia from 2014.
More on our collections appeal and other ways you can show your support.
Sir Hubert Opperman and endurance cycling in Australia: curator's talk.
Sharing stories about our cycling collections.
Highlights from the National Museum's collection.
Cycling in Australia is part of the National Museum's People and the Environment program. Discover more stories about people's relationships with Australia's natural and built environments on our People and the Environment website.