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Newspaper - 'Bicycling Tournament at the Exhibition Building', The Australasian Sketcher, Melbourne, 17 Jun 1882 Document Reg. No: SH 960731

Summary:
Copy of The Australian Sketcher, 17 June 1882, consisting of twelve pages from pp. 177-92, published by Wilson & MacKinnon, Melbourne. Page 188 consists of two black & white illustrations, the upper one depicting a Bicycling Tournament held at the Exhibition-Building, the lower depicting the unveiling of John Batman's monument. Page 183 contains an article about the event, which took place on Saturday, 3 June 1882, and involved 250 people from bicycle clubs in metropolitan Melbourne.

Mr CA Booth was an American champion bicyclist and promoter of the tournament, who had made the original approach to the Trustees of the Exhibition Building. The tournament was held under the patronage of the Australian Cyclists' Union, and the various Melbourne cycling clubs who participated in the day's events. With cycling having developed as a recreational pursuit in recent years, the event saw a reasonably strong turn-out of 2,000 visitors during the afternoon, and 4,000 throughout the course of the evening.
Description:
Copy of The Australian Sketcher. Page 188 consists of two black & white illustrations, the upper one depicting a Bicycling Tournament held at the Exhibition-Building. The central illustration is Mr Booth wearing a black three piece suit and balanced on one leg on the seat of a Penny Farthing bicycle. The surrounding illustrations show him performing various tricks on the Penny Farthing such as riding side saddle, standing still, riding without handles. A 20 mile race and a tricycle race are also depicted. Page 183 contains an article about the event, which took place on Saturday, 3 June 1882, and involved 250 people from bicycle clubs in metropolitan Melbourne.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 40.80 cm (Height), 28.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: sport, cycling, newspapers, illustrations, royal exhibition building, royal exhibition building history of events 1879-1899
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Secondary Classification: Sports Events
Tertiary Classification: cycling
Inscriptions: Cover page: THE/ AUSTRALASIAN/ SKETCHER/ No.152-VOL. X. MELBOURNE, SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 1882. PRICE 6d.
Cover image caption: THE WRECKS AT TIMARU, NEW ZEALAND: THE LIFEBOAT RESCUING THE CREW.
Upper image caption, p. 181: SKETCHES AT THE MAY RACING MEETINGS, ADELAIDE.
Within upper image, p. 181: PRESENTATION OF ADELAIDE CUP BY THE GOVERNOR/ LEADING IN THE WINNER OF THE BIRTHDAY CUP/ ON THE ROAD TO THE OLD COURSE/ THE OLD COURSE/ THE GREAT FINISH FOR THE ADELAIDE CUP/ PUTTING A POUND IN THE MACHINE
Lower image caption, p. 181: PRESENTATION OF PRIZES TP PUPILS OF SCHOOLS OF DESIGN.
Image caption, p. 184: THE SWISS VILLAGE FETE, GEELONG.
Upper image caption, p. 188: BICYCLING TOURNAMENT AT THE EXHIBITION-BUILDING.
Within upper image, p.188: 20 MILE RACE/ STANDING STILL/ RIDING WITHOUT HANDLES/ MR. BOOTHS FEATS/ THE TRICYCLE RACE/ VAULTNIG INTO THE SADDLE/ SIDE SADDLE
Lower image caption, p. 188: UNVEILING BATMAN'S MONUMENT.
Upper image caption LHS, p.185: THE LATE MR. ALFRED MAY.
Upper image caption RHS, p.185: MR. A.W. FITTES, WINNER OF THE KRUG CHAMPAGNE TROPHY.
Lower image caption, p. 185: THE WRECKS AT TIMARU, NEW ZEALAND: THE SHIPS ON SHORE.
Publisher: Wilson and Mackinnon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1882
Publisher: Mr C Booth, United States of America, 1882
Person Depicted: Mr Alfred Ebsworth - The Australasian Sketcher, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1882

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