Australian & NZ Motorcycles

Australian Motorcycles (F)

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Favourite 1916

Image courtesy Terry Parker of the VVMCSA.

Burg / Favourite
Manufactured 1914-1921
Prior to World War I, W.H. Smith of the Smith Brothers Garage at Petersburg in South Australia sold (and possibly assembled) bicycles and motorcycles using the name The Burg. Following the outbreak of war with Germany in 1914, the town was renamed Peterborough due to anti-German sentiments. In response, Smith re-badged his motorcycles Favourite. (1) It is estimated that fifty Favourite motorcycles were built at the Smith Brothers Garage.
There are three known survivors, one of which is at the Birdwood Mill.

SA Registrations

7438, J. W. Hawke, Petersburg, 3½ Burg.
Registered SA Dec 1915

15877, T. Cunningham, Dawson, 3½ Favourite.
Registered SA Jan 1920

References:
(1) Saward, R. (1997) letter to Ken
Sources: artlabaustralia.com.au, Trove NLA


F.D.C.
"16657, W. Dower, Unley, 3½ (h.p.) F.D.C." Registered South Australia, May 1920
Source: Trove NLA


Federal

Saward states that Federal Cycle Works of Adelaide rebadged a Kerry motorcycle circa 1903. There appears to be no record of such a firm in any Australian newspaper of the era, nor is it mentioned on cycling history pages. (April 2021)

Sources: Trove NLA, et al


Finlay

Manufactured by Garnet Finlay, Sydney 1900s

"A great uncle of mine, Garnet Finlay, started in a shop in Enmore making and selling the first motorbikes in Australia. He then opened a shop in George St., Sydney around early 1900s."

Said to have a Buchet 1/3 litre (333ccm) engine.

Source: Guy Finlay at Vintage & Classic Motorcycles Australia - up to 1960 FB group.

(Not to be confused with Finlay Bros, Melbourne.)


Firefly

Manufactured in 1905 by H. H. Whale of Firefly Cycle Works. H. Hulford Whale was a cycle builder from c.1905 to 1932 in Burwood and Petersham. The motorcycle was fitted with a 2¾ h. p. Sarolea engine.

Entrants in the Dunlop Reliability Motor Contest from Sydney to Melbourne next week.

H. H. Whale. N.S.W. (2¾ h p. Sarolea Firefly)

Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic.) Thu 16 Feb 1905

Whale finished the race but was well down in the points table.

There appears to be some relationship with the Mumford marque of Krambach, a tiny village near Nabiac NSW. The village has a large area nearby called "Firefly", and lies on a river of that name.

Sources: Trove NLA, Saward, Martin Shelley.


Firth 1914-15


Fleet

Manufactured motorcycles fitted with Minerva engines from 1903 to 1908

Sources: Trove NLA, Simon Fleming.

RELIANCE TYRE and FLEET CYCLE Co..
248 Swanston-street, MELBOURNE.
RELIANCE Tyres, Fleet Cycle Co. stand at agricultural show is worth looking at; Cycles, Motors, and Accessories.

The Age (Melbourne, Vic.) Sat 5 Sep 1903
(On the same page they advertised a large range of bicycle parts.)


Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald, Haig, & Co of Watson Terrace. Mount Gambier, South Australia were bicycle, motorcycle and car dealers before and during the WWI years. They are listed as having built Peugeot-powered motorcycles around 1910-1912.

Sources: Simon Fleming, Trove NLA.

Fitzgerald, Haig, & Co., Ltd., WATSON TERRACE. Mount Gambier

Motor Cars, Motor Cycles and Push Cycles, new and second hand.

Many similar adverts in 1916


Flying Jolly

Manufactured in 1907 and 1908 by H. O. Jolly of Main Street, Yorketown, South Australia.

H. O. JOLLY
Main Street, YORKETOWN.
Motor and Cycle Manufacturer
Importer and Dealer in all makes of Motor Cars.
MOTOR CYCLES and CYCLES Overhauled and Repaired.
Builder of the "FLYING JOLLY" Motor Cycle and Cycles. Will build to your own taste.

The Pioneer (Yorketown, SA) Sat 12 Oct 1907


If you are thinking Motor Cycle, inspect the Flying Jolly on sale at the Flying Jolly Motor and Cycle Works, Main street, Yorketown. The highest class motor manufactured—lowest, longest and best; spring forks and magneto; tank holds 2¾ gallons of petrol.

The Pioneer (Yorketown, SA) Sat 11 Jul 1908

Source: Trove NLA


FONZ

Electric Scooters, Sydney based. Established 2010, known then as Fonzarelli.

fonzmoto.com


Forbes (Bendigo, Vic.)


Foulis 1909-1910 (Sydney)