Kōrero: Cycle racing

Penny-farthing race

Penny-farthing race

This is the starting line of a penny-farthing race at Dunedin's Caledonian sports ground, around 1880. The rider's clothes are fascinating, both for their informality (the amount of exposed flesh was unusual) and their  functionality (the lack of layers helped to prevent over-heating). Such clothing was considered too immodest for women riders.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Burton Brothers Collection
Reference: C.011957
Photograph by Burton Brothers

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Simon Kennett, 'Cycle racing - Early cycle racing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/40237/penny-farthing-race (accessed 30 March 2020)

He kōrero nā Simon Kennett, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Oct 2015