Freewheeling at LibraryMuseum

26 May 2016

Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia is a travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia and is on show for free at the LibraryMuseum until 31 July.  

It explores the history of cycling in Australia - from penny-farthings to contemporary racing bicycles -  and shares the joy, excitement, freedom and even glory of moving at speed under your own power.  

At 2pm on Saturday 11 June and Saturday 9 July there will be tours of the exhibition, featuring an expert on Penny Farthings, a talk on legendary cyclist Sir Hubert Opperman and members of local cycling group Pedal Power. Bookings: 60238333 or

Daniel Oakman, from the National Museum and curator of Freewheeling, said the exhibition celebrates cyclists of all kinds ranging from those who ride to work or school to those who race around the world.  

“Using bicycles of all sorts and sizes, Australians have discovered the possibilities and the pleasures of moving under their own power,” Mr Oakman said.

Deputy Mayor Cr David Thurley said it was a popular exhibition and had been shown around Australia and encouraged Albury residents to get on their bikes and see it.

Highlights of Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia exhibition include:

  • The Cadel Evans collection – a Ridley 'Helium' road bike from the 2008 Tour de France, and a Cannondale mountain bike.
  • Peter Heal's recumbent bicycle - used to set solo cycling records across and around Australia.
  • Hubert Opperman's beret - worn by ‘Oppy’ throughout his life as a tribute to the French for their generous support.
  • Harry Clarke's penny-farthing - an 1884 bicycle owned by a champion penny-farthing racer.
  • The Ken Ross cycling collection - medals won by one of a few Australian cyclists in Europe after the First World War.
  • Marion Sutherland's bicycle - made in Melbourne by Arthur Sutherland for his wife, Marion, about 1913.