Australian & NZ Motorcycles

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Kellow 1903 (Melbourne)

Kent and Rova-Kent

Kim Newcombe 1972-73


A light four-stroke advertised for £35 with the slogan "The King is the Monarch of All" in 1911.

Melbourne Motor Transit & Touring Co., of 115 Elizabeth St Melbourne is listed as the sole distributor.

Knight Eaton

Mr Knight Eaton, manager of the Brisbane office of the Austral Cycle Agency, built a motorised bicycle in 1893.

The first motorcycle imported to Australia arrived in Brisbane in late 1895.

"What appears to have been the first power machine of any kind introduced into Queensland was a motor bicycle imported by Mr. Knight-Eaton, then manager of the Austral Cycle Agency (Queensland branch). This was put on at a sports meeting held on the Brisbane Cricket Ground, where it awakened considerable interest."
The Brisbane Courier, Sat 19 Jan 1907 (Trove)

Sources:; Trove NLA


Registrations SA has the following entry:

"8823, L. J. Hegarty, Willunga, 3½ Knut." The Mail (Adelaide, SA) Sat 21 Oct 1916

This marque is not previously referred to in any way, apparently. The machine was likely fitted with a Blumfield engine referred to as the "Knut Cracker".
Source: Trove NLA

Krown 1900-1906

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