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Bicycle - Hubert Opperman, 'Malvern Star', 'Tour de France' Road Model, Melbourne, 1927 Object Reg. No: ST 018362

Racing bicycle used by Hubert Opperman to set the 24 hour world record in 1927.

This particular bicycle is a "Tour de France" model, made by Malvern Star Bruce Small Pty. Ltd - a company Opperman was heavily involved in during his cycling career.

On 5-6 October 1927, Opperman set a world record for unpaced road cycling over a single 24 hour period, covering 416 miles from Mt. Gambier to Melbourne.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Bruce Small Pty Ltd, Malvern Star Cycle & Motor Co, 1931
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 92.60 cm (Height), 40.50 cm (Width), 175.40 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: bicycles, bicycle racing, cycles
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Hubert Ferdinand Opperman, Cyclist & Politican (1904-1996)
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Cycles
Tertiary Classification: bicycles
Inscriptions: Stamped "17713" on rear right-hand axle bracket and "J123" on the underside frame member where it joins the crank axle housing. Also embossed "CHATER-LEA" on underside of crank axle housing.
Manufacturer: Bruce Small Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1927
User: Mr Hubert Opperman, Victoria & South Australia, Australia, 1927


Warren Meade Posted on 15 Apr 2013 5:30 PM
The features and serail number of this bike suggest that it is a 1929 model. The 'Tour de France model was introduced in 1929, following the return to australia of the team that comtested the 1928 Tour de France.
Roger ROY Posted on 19 Apr 2013 10:37 AM
I agree with Warren, this is at the earliest a '28 if its the Tour De france model, which it seems to be from the photos.
roger.roy Posted on 19 Apr 2013 10:40 AM
that should have been '29 not '28 please excuse typo :)

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