(Note: The Canberra Bicycle Museum has closed but the
web site continues named
Australia's Bicycle History)

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Sir Hubert Opperman

  "Australia has seen the rise and demise of a number of significant bicycle manufacturing companies, some of which have produced high quality lightweight machines. Many skilled frame makers have supported the many Australian racers who have gained international success. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century the Australian industry was highly dependant on British technology. In later years though the best Australian builders have used and developed upon the best technology throughout the world."   Rolf Lunsmann


Malvern Star
d 8.8.2000
Updated 5.12.2022
We need info & pics
Elliott Bros., 
Europa, Healing,
Hillman, Holland (Bates of Coburg),  Rob Special Racer by George Robinson, Royal Star, etc.
Keeper of the Flame: 


Velox Engineering Works (VEW)
, founded 1930 in Sydney by the Bazzano family. Until the late '60s(?) they manufactured aluminum hubs, brakes, handlebars, stems, seat posts, pedals and chain sets. Production was fairly small but continued during WWII. Probably best known for their hubs, which were used by Malvern Star among others. John Bazzano (grandson of the founder) is now head of Shimano Australia. Charlie Bazzano (John's uncle) represented Australia in cycling in the '48 Olympics. John's son Matthew is also a successful racer (1990 Aussie champ).

- handlebars (as well as frames) pre-WWII.

Pierce Bell (Sydney)
- leather saddles starting early WWII, until perhaps the '60s. Their line included a Model 40 and Model 70.

Gem -
"...effective, but roughly finished and unattractive..." (Jack Hepher) V-type brakeset during WWII.

- Various components, including hubs. It was acquired in 1946 by Allied Bruce Small Pty (controlling shareholder of Malvern Star).

Compiled by & thanks to Dave Ross

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