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Photograph - Hubert Opperman, 'Souvenir of Oppy's 1000 Mile Marathon', Framed, circa 1932-34 Image Reg. No: HT 17183

Wooden framed photograph featuring an image of Hubert Opperman on his bicycle flanked by two pace motorcyclists, Bob Finlay and Bruce Small. Printed text below the image notes the records broken and mileage covered by Opperman as well as the printed signatures of the three men.

The collection of photographs graphically documents the successes of Opperman, particularly overseas in France in the late 1920s & early 1930s. The postcards produced for commercial sale illustrate the celebrity status that Opperman attained during his illustrious cycling career and also relate to his later career has a Marketing Director for the Australian company that produced the famous 'Malvern Star' brandname cycles.
Wooden frame painted brown that contains a black and white image of Hubert Opperman on his bicycle flanked by two pace motorcyclists, Bob Finlay and Bruce Small. Printed white text includes the names and printed signature of each man as well as Opperman's records and achievements.
Frame has glass.
Label affixed to reverse of frame has maker's details in printed red text.
Statement Of Significance:
Sir Hubert Opperman (1904-1996) was one of Australia's most successful long distance cyclists. He won his first race in 1921, at the age of 17 and went on to win over 50 major road races in Australia, England and Europe. He also won hundreds of track events, earning a reputation as the `lap king'. In the process, he established dozens of world records.
Description Of Content:
Hubert Opperman on a bicycle flanked by Bob Finlay and Bruce Small sitting on motorcycles. Opperman wears a dark and light cycling outfit and leather helmet whilst the motorcyclists wear long, dark overcoats and leather helmets.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 215 mm (Height), 314 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: sport, motor cycles, cycling, racing, bicycle racing
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Transport Collection, Hubert Ferdinand Opperman, Cyclist & Politican (1904-1996)
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Cycle Racing
Tertiary Classification: cyclists
Inscriptions: Printed white text on image reads: 'Souvenir of / "OPPY'S" / 1,000 MILE / MARATHON / RECORDS BROKEN AND MILEAGE COVERED / 2 HRS' WORLDS MOTORPACE RECORD. "OPPY'S" MILEAGE FIGURES / 2 HRS. 107 MILE 254 YARDS.'

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Printed red text affixed to label on reverse of frame reads: 'Pictures of Distinction from G.D.C. / "Geelong's Centre of Decoration" / No. Size. / Title / Artist / GEELONG DECORATING CO. PTY. LTD.'

Further text follows.
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Person Depicted: Sir Hubert Opperman, Victoria, Australia, circa 1932
Person Depicted: Mr Bob Finlay, Victoria, Australia, circa 1932
Person Depicted: Mr Bruce Small, Victoria, Australia, circa 1932
Framer: Geelong Decorating Co. Pty. Ltd., Geelong, Victoria, Australia, circa 1932


Paul Watson Posted on 07 Mar 2012 1:40 PM
Oppy set this record in May 1932, so the photograph is not circa 1920.
Fay Patterson Posted on 24 Feb 2013 3:59 PM
As Bruce Small was later knighted, it might be polite to refer to him as 'Sir Bruce Small'.
Fay Patterson Posted on 24 Feb 2013 4:07 PM
PS Oppy set the record on 23 May 1932, as a motorpaced record in the Melb Motordrome. (Note records broken: 'indoor' and 'motorpaced'). He then set a new unpaced 24 hour record as part of the Lands End to John O'Groats ride in 1934 (starting 7am, 16 July 1934; the time set was 3 days, 1 hour, 52 minutes, so I guess it was set on 19 July 1934). Source: autobiography "Pedals, Politics and People." Also try any other site that have his biography or records.

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