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Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1934 - 56th place medal

2009.0025.0005

Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1934 - 56th place medal

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Physical description

A circular shaped medal made of metal with an enamel design across the top surface that is blue and red in colour. There is also gold coloured text on the top surface and a inscription engraved on the back. The medal has the word 'DUNLOP' in a blue banner in the centre, with gold feathered wings extending above and below. Behind this is a red circle with a gold wheel. Around the edge of the medal is gold text on blue enamel which reads 'GOULBURN SYDNEY / ROAD RACE 1934'. On the back of the medal is a pin and inscribed text that also reads 'K. Ross / 56th'.

Statement of significance

The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 8 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.

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