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Clip-on skate

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Physical description

Metal (steel?) clip-on skate. Two wheels (rear wheels missing) joined to truck. Flat heel bracket at rear, flat toe bracket over front wheels.
Circular text on front wheel, "BRITISH PATENT No 28564/1908 - PATENTED ABROAD - BRAMPTON"

Statement of significance

The William (Billy) Vout collection consists of roller skating equipment and memorabilia from the 1930s and 1940s and includes a pair of early 1930s clip-on skates; a pair of men's Triumph hockey skates , hockey stick, shin pads, hockey ball, pair of Marvel speed skates and an Arena club cloth badge all belonging to Billy Vout; and a large trophy awarded to Australian speed skating champion, Jimmy Watson.

During the 1930s and 1940s roller skating in Australia was a popular sport and recreational activity. Skating enthusiasts flocked to the increasing numbers of roller rinks and in addition to enjoying general skating, participated in the three main disciplines of the sport: hockey, speed and dance skating. By 1936 rinks were experiencing record attendances and many established clubs that managed competitions, organised events and hosted social activities beyond the roller rink. As such as popular past time and sporting activity, roller skating entered the lives of many young Australians during the 1930s and 1940s and is a significant aspect of Australian sporting and social history.

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