Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Motorcycle racing history at Woodside, SA

Motorcycle races at Woodside, October, 1949.
Motorcycle races at Woodside SA, October 1949. National Motor Museum Collection

Racing and competition have been an important element of motorcycle culture from the start, beginning with friendly club competitions and road races. 

In the 1920s and 1930s Speedway racing, held on oval-shaped dirt tracks, became a popular form of entertainment and the excitement drew large crowds. After the Second World War disused airfields were turned into road race tracks using the bitumen surface of the airstrip. 

Gawler Racecourse, 1924

Motocross racing developed throughout the first half of the century but grew significantly in the 1950s and 1960s. In this sport, riders raced on rugged dirt circuits with a series of obstacles. 

Although the motor car has largely replaced the motorcycle in volume, scooters are still well used in congested city areas while sports and touring motorcycles are used for leisure cruises and longer trips as a lifestyle choice. These luxury motorcycles can cost as much as a car. 

In rural areas, dirt bikes are still used as a practical means of transport as well as for fun, particularly by younger people.

- part of the extensive historical display at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood SA 

Monday, January 4, 2021

The Stanthorpe Heritage Museum has fifteen buildings and more than 20,000 items


School Residence (1894): The North Maryands schoolhouse features displays of a schoolroom, kitchenalia, religious vestments. banking office and photographic equipment.

Ardmore House (1920): This was one of five summer holiday homes built in Stanthorpe during the 1920s. It houses hospital, ambulance, dental, bathroom, bedroom, music, toy, domestic and textile collections plus the local Italian history.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Visiting Tibooburra in Outback NSW

There is something impossibly romantic about Tibooburra; there it is in the far north-western corner (Corner Country) of New South Wales. Tibooburra is 335 km north of Broken Hill, 1504 km north-west of Sydney, 900 km from Adelaide. It seems so isolated and yet it is full of friendliness and activity.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

South Australian History: Who was William Finke and John 'Goog' Denton?

A number of significant and stunningly beautiful outback landforms have been named after William Finke. But just who was this enigmatic German and what was his connection to early South Australian exploration?  Colin Judkins delves into some dusty drawers.

Born in Germany around 1814, he arrived in South Australia aboard the vessel “Tom O’Shanter” in 1836 (part of that state's so-called first fleet). The only name that resembled his on the ships' books was Johann Wilhelm Finke, so it appears he anglicised his name on arrival.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Venice: A City Rising From the Sea

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Reminding us of the birth of Venus. 

Venice... a town founded on a love of freedom, growing gradually in the silence of her lagoon, thanks to the determination and wisdom of its citizens. 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Lonely Planet celebrates decades of award-winning travel photography

And reveals the stories behind the images in “The Perfect Shot”

Discover the determination and persistence required to take the perfect travel photograph.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

24 hours in Gerringong: The perfect weekend getaway from Sydney

If you’re looking for a quick weekend escape from Sydney and surrounds, a night or two in the beautiful beachside town of Gerringong will leave you feeling relaxed, reset and back at one with nature. Just a two-hour drive south from the city CBD along the winding coastal roads, the golden sands, deep blue rolling surf and undulating green pastures will transport you away from the hustle and bustle, offering a mental break from daily life. 

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