Australian & NZ Motorcycles

Australian Motorcycles (K)

Kelecom

James Hill & Sons of 63 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, assembled motorcycles using Kelecom engines from 1902 to 1904, most of which were sold with the Kelecom name on the tank. The engine was named after Belgian engineer, Paul Kelecom. The 1902 machines used 1¾ or 2¼ hp engines in a BSA bicycle frame set, with the engine mounted on the seat tube. In mid-1903, the engine was mounted in the now conventional position in front of the pedal bracket, with choice of 1¾, 2 ¼, 2 ¾ or 3¼ hp engines. Source: Australia Post.


Kellow 1903 (Melbourne)


Kent and Rova-Kent


King

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: blog.qagoma.qld.gov.au; Trove NLA


Knut

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

Manufactured by Jack Krown, corner of Elizabeth and Albert Street, Brisbane.

Krown, a bicycle racer, began riding pacers in 1900 at the Brisbane cycle track.

His motorcycles were fitted with Minerva engines.

A report from July 1905 mentions a 2 horsepower Krown and Spencer. This is David Spencer, a fellow motorcycle racer who also built motorcycles in Brisbane.

"Five-mile Motor Cycle Race, to be contested at the L.Q.W sports on Saturday...
First heat C. Pond, Krown, 2 ¾ h.p, 40sec."
The Brisbane Courier, Wed 1 Aug 1906

Sources: blog.qagoma.qld.gov.au, Trove.