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Stunning Historical Photos of Motorcyclists in Queensland in the Early 20th Century

Most people worldwide are familiar with motorbikes, one of the most affordable forms of motorized transport. Motorcycle riders are choosing powered two-wheelers for many reasons, many of which are practical, such as cost-effective alternatives to infrequent and expensive public transportation systems or to avoid or reduce the effects of urban congestion

Motorcycles can help with farm work or provide entertainment through stunts and speedway racing. This collection of photographs shows motorcyclists in Queensland during the early part of the 20th century.

#1 Joan Grimes, Australian Women’s Emergency Legion, learns to ride a motorcycle, to fit her for the job as a dispatch rider, if needed, 1939.

Joan Grimes, Australian Women's Emergency Legion, learns to ride a motorcycle, to fit her for the job as a dispatch rider, if needed, 1939.

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#2 Three Blackall residents on a motorcycle, 1930

Three Blackall residents on a motorcycle, 1930

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#3 A young man is at the top of a small ladder attached to his motorcycle, 1955.

A young man is at the top of a small ladder attached to his motorcycle, 1955.

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#4 Officials cutting the starting ribbon at a speedway motorcycle race in Brisbane, 1930.

Officials cutting the starting ribbon at a speedway motorcycle race in Brisbane, 1930.

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#5 Motorcyclists lined along Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, 1937.

Motorcyclists lined along Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, 1937.

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#6 Man dressed in a long dustcoat, hat and goggles with a motorcycle standing in front of a painted backdrop in a studio,1935.

Man dressed in a long dustcoat, hat and goggles with a motorcycle standing in front of a painted backdrop in a studio,1935.

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#7 Motorcycle racing at the Mareeba Speedway, 1930.

Motorcycle racing at the Mareeba Speedway, 1930.

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#8 Motorcycle race on the beach at Bundaberg, Queensland, 1947.

Motorcycle race on the beach at Bundaberg, Queensland, 1947.

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#9 Motorbike and sidecar with rider and passenger, 1922.

Motorbike and sidecar with rider and passenger, 1922.

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#10 Motor Cycle stunt team, Thrills and Spills, Bundaberg, 1937.

Motor Cycle stunt team, Thrills and Spills, Bundaberg, 1937.

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#11 Motor bike racer getting a push start at the track, Brisbane, ca. 1955.

Motor bike racer getting a push start at the track, Brisbane, ca. 1955.

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#12 Members of the Brisbane Motorcycle Fishing Club, Adelaide Street, Brisbane, 1938.

Members of the Brisbane Motorcycle Fishing Club, Adelaide Street, Brisbane, 1938.

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#13 Herb Beecher and his Waratah motor bike, ca. 1940.

Herb Beecher and his Waratah motor bike, ca. 1940.

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#14 Harley Davidson motorbikes with sidecars outside Mackenzie’s Newsagency, Bulimba, Brisbane, 1953

Harley Davidson motorbikes with sidecars outside Mackenzie's Newsagency, Bulimba, Brisbane, 1953

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#15 Possibly a despatch rider, 1915.

Possibly a despatch rider, 1915.

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#16 First meeting of the Cairns Motor Cycle Club at the Woree Speedway, 1930.

First meeting of the Cairns Motor Cycle Club at the Woree Speedway, 1930.

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#17 Solicitor from the Toowoomba district, wearing driving gloves and a dust jacket, on a Harley Davidson motorbike, 1930.

Solicitor from the Toowoomba district, wearing driving gloves and a dust jacket, on a Harley Davidson motorbike, 1930.

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#18 Don McPherson on a 350cc Harley Davidson Peashooter, Townsville, 1930.

Don McPherson on a 350cc Harley Davidson Peashooter, Townsville, 1930.

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#19 Cousins Eric and Henry Beck on their Indian motorcycle, Cribb Island, 1926.

Cousins Eric and Henry Beck on their Indian motorcycle, Cribb Island, 1926.

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#20 Cec O’Mara and Ben Unwin on their motocycles at a speedway race at Davies Park in Brisbane, 1930.

Cec O'Mara and Ben Unwin on their motocycles at a speedway race at Davies Park in Brisbane, 1930.

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#21 A boy, wearing a long coat and a hat with the brim turned up, is sitting on a early model Douglas motorcycle, 1915.

A boy, wearing a long coat and a hat with the brim turned up, is sitting on a early model Douglas motorcycle, 1915.

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#22 Barbara Davies and Billy Gall on a motorcycle, 1938.

Barbara Davies and Billy Gall on a motorcycle, 1938.

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#23 Two women posing with a motorbike and sidecar, 1922.

Two women posing with a motorbike and sidecar, 1922.

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Written by Aung Budhh

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