Australian & NZ Motorcycles

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Australian Motorcycles (C)

Cameron 1918 (SA)

Campbell (Tas.)

  • Carbine 1910~1914 (Sydney)


    Edgar Carrison of Port MacDonnell, South Australia is believed to have built motorcycles using Minerva and Peugeot engines around the years 1907 to 1909.

    An E.J. Carrison is mentioned in connection with polling results delivered at night by motorcycle. (Border Watch, Mount Gambier, SA, Sat 16 Apr 1910). His name does not appear elsewhere.

    Sources: Simon Fleming; Trove NLA


    CASTLES Motor Cycles, cash or terms.- M.A.G., Precision or J.A.P. Engines, built order; 2nd-hand machines from £10. 156 Chapel St.

    Winner (Melbourne, Vic.) Wed 30 Jun 1915, Wed 11 Aug 1915

    CASTLES.- Motors. We build 3 1/2 to 6 H.P. to order, S.H. machines. 6 H.P. Jap. 4 H.P. Castles; cheap. 156 Chapel St., Windsor.

    Winner (Melbourne, Vic.) Wed 12 May 1915

    Source: Trove NLA

    Charleston 1907 (SA)


    SA Registrations
    7659. A Edwards, 32 Sturt Street, 4¼ Clifton.
    The Register (Adelaide, SA) Wed 26 Jan 1916

    Source: Trove NLA


    Manufactured by A. E. Moore, Honeysuckle Point, Newcastle. 1913

    YOU will save money If you get your BICYCLE from me. PRICES to suit all, and easy terms arranged.
    A B.S.A. FROM £11 10s.
    CLIPPER MOTOR BICYCLE. £65. fiitted with the Famous Precision 3½ Engine.
    The Motor that is doing much good work in England just now,
    All Repairs Promptly Attended to.
    My Motto: Every Customer a Satisfied Customer.

    Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate Wed 29 May 1912

    Drop In To-day, and let me show you the New Model "Clipper" Motor Cycle at £65.
    The finest- hill climber in Anstra1ia.

    Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW) Wed 8 Jan 1913

    Source: Trove NLA

    Comet-Minerva (Vic.)

    Cottman Colt

    Manufactured by Cottman and Co, Melbourne in the 1930s using Royal Enfield 225cc two-strokes. Images from restoration of a Cottman show very similar frame and front and rear guards to the 1932 Royal Enfield Model A (with single downtube), so they may have been rebadged machines. Forks are pressed metal, as fitted to later models of the 225cc Enfields.

    Around 1940 Cottman and Co moved into the former Turner premises at 291-293 Elizabeth St, Melbourne.



    Registration records in South Australia
    2½ Criterion motorcycle, Jan 1917.
    9316, E. J. Hender, Mount Barker. 2½ Criterion. Sat 10 Feb 1917

    Source: Trove NLA

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