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On Your Bike! Exhibition

When:

Sat 31 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Gold Museum, 3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Ballarat and Western District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $12.50
  • Child: $6.60
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Eventlisting11

On Your Bike!, which will run from October 31, 2015 – April 3, 2016, is a celebration of Ballarat’s love of cycling, and will highlight Ballarat’s response to cycling culture. Showcasing historical bicycles, photographs and bicycle accessories from the Gold Museum’s collection and private collections held by Ballarat’s bicycle collectors, the exhibition will take us on a journey from the early velocipede to the 20th century racing bicycle.

The first bicycles in Ballarat were met with a mixture of bemusement, curiosity and criticism from locals. Since then, this two-wheeled vehicle has captured our hearts and become a fixture on Ballarat’s roads and tracks.

The important role of Ballarat’s bicycle manufacturing industry is also highlighted. Ballarat became a hub for bicycle manufacturing from the 1890s as the mining and metal industry declined. Former metal workers and miners moved into bicycle production, making Ballarat one of the strongest bicycle manufacturing centres in Australia. By 1907, there were 11 companies in Ballarat’s central business district catering to the town’s cycling needs.