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Bicycle - H. Bassett & Co, Melbourne, George Burston, 1888 Object Reg. No: ST 016415

High wheel bicycle of the 'ordinary' or 'spider' type with a 1.422m (56-inch) wheel. This 'Victory' model was assembled in Melbourne from Imported components by Henry Bassett & Co. of 4 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne in 1888-89. The frame was nickel-plated. This bicycle was used by Melbourne Bicycle Club member (later President) George Burston on a round-the-world' bicycle journey in 1889-90. Along with his companion H.R. Stokes, Burston left Melbourne on 1 November 1889 and rode to Sydney. The by steamship to Brisbane-Batavia. They rode around Java and then went by ship to Singapore and Calcutta. After riding in India they travelled by ship to Egypt and rode in Palestine and Syria. This was followed by another sea voyage to Turkey, Sicily and Naples. After riding through Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Holland they boarded a ship to Britain and rode extensively in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. They returned to Australia via the United States but did not ride there. The journey was recorded in their limited edition book "Round the World on Bicycles' (George Robertson, 1890).
Bicycle painted black with large front wheel and small rear wheel. Both wheels have hard rubber tyres. On top of the large wheel are low handle bars with wooden handles and a leather seat.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr George Burston, 1927
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1610 mm (Height), 70 mm (Width), 1680 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: cycles, bicycles
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Cycles
Tertiary Classification: bicycles
Model Name/Number: Victory
Manufacturer: H. Bassett & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
User: Mr George Burston, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

See account of world trip in G.W. Burston & H.R. Stokes, 'Round About The World On Bicycles' (1890).
Other Association (See Comments): H. Stokes

Harry Stokes accompanied George Burston on his round-the-world trip.
References: McFarlane, Geraldine. Round about the world on a penny-farthing, in Vic Hist Jnl v. 73 no 1 Apr 2002. See supp file for other refs.

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