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A Cycling History of the Penrith & Blue Mountains Regions
This page contains work completed by Kim Aubrey who has been researching the History of Cycling in the Penrith area. Her interests lie in Penrith local history as her family has resided in the Penrith area since 1870 with some family members being involved in cycling earlier this century. These stories are from the first book in a series called 'Tame Ducks and Scrap Iron Pushers'. It spans the pre-war cycling era of Penrith and surrounding regions. The next work will cover the post-war period. Kim has kindly agreed to share selected stories from this research in the hope that readers will find it interesting and relevant to present day cycling in Penrith.
Kim has previously written detailed historical accounts of other aspects of Penrith's history which are now used by Penrith City Council among others. There are some great stories here, most of which have come from local newspapers. The articles have a newspaper heading and are categorised by theme. So clicking on the theme could yield a few related newspaper articles.

The book can be purchased directly from Kim for the price of $25.00 by sending an email to Penrith Cycling Club Admin
Some choice quotes:
"As the men rounded the turn they were given a piece of lemon or orange, for which they were thankful. One of the competitors sang out for "raw steak" but there was none on hand (Nepean Times, 1895)"
"Each rider was offered refreshment - beef tea etc - at the local feeding station situated at Tattersall's (Nepean Times, 1908)"
"McInnes gained considerably up to Penrith. He had a racehorse pacing him for two miles, and he did the fastest time to Penrith, the 19 miles being done in 58 mins 34 secs... (Nepean Times, 1895)"

John Oliver Tickner (around 1911). Photo courtesy of Maria
Quigley (Great Grandaughter)
New stories will be added regularly. Just click the story you want to view, a new window will open...