Australian & NZ Motorcycles

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Australian Motorcycles (F)

Burg / Favourite

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


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 c.1900 (Sydney)


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


Manufactured motorcycles fitted with Minerva engines from 1903 to 1908

Sources: Trove NLA, Simon Fleming.

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, 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.

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


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

Forbes (Bendigo, Vic.)

Foulis 1909-1910 (Sydney)

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