Story: Bicycles

Velocipede arrives

Velocipede arrives

Velocipede in the main street of Temuka. This photograph was probably taken around 1869, which is the year newspaper reports of velocipedes in New Zealand began to appear. The velocipede, with its heavy iron frame, wooden wheels, and a pair of cranks and pedals attached to the front wheel, had been invented in France around 1861.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: O.020707
Photograph by William Ferrier

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Jamie Mackay, 'Bicycles - Bicycle manufacturing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Jamie Mackay, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2016