Star bicycles had their beginnings in 1903 when Tom Finnigan opened a bicycle shop in
Melbourne Australia, funded by his winnings from the 1898 Austral Wheel Race, the biggest
bike race in the country at the time. He built the first Malvern Stars in his workshop at
the back of the shop."
"In 1920 his business was purchased by a young bicycle salesman named Bruce
Small. A year later Small began to sponsor a young racing cyclist by the name of Hubert
Opperman. So began one of the great partnerships of Australian cycling and Australian
industry. Hubert Opperman's fantastic sporting achievements provided publicity for Malvern
Star while Bruce Small's promotional skills guided Opperman's career and made him
Australia's most famous cyclist. Malvern Star became synonymous with bicycles across
"Many top Australian cyclists rode for Malvern Star including Opperman
and Sid Patterson, a winner of four world championships on the track."
"In 1939 Malvern Star introduced their Five Star model. It remained
their "top of the range" racing model through to the 1960s picking up World
Championships, Olympic Gold Medals and Empire Games Gold Medals on the way."
Sir Hugh making
speed on Malvern
A Malvern 5 Star "iron"
Malvern Star belonging
Jeff Gromann, Kingston
Classic Bikes, WA