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There was a Rathmore Cycle Works in Victoria in 1906. It is possible that they are responsible for the brand listed by Simon Fleming.

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Regnis 1912-1920

Relay 1905 (NSW)


Rhodes Motor Cycle Co of 109-113 Russell Street, Melbourne, were the agents for Indian from 1915 into the 1930s. They moved to Elizabeth St in 1925.

Harold Parsons took the Australian 24 hour record, along with numerous others, riding an Indian.

It may be this machine which is referred to by Simon Fleming as the Rhodes Record.

Sources: Trove NLA,,, et al


A 3½ h.p. racing machine built by N. Saunders in 1905.

Saunders, the winner, thoroughly deserved his luck. He rode a Rival motor, manufactured by himself, and by his victory last Saturday, has the unique record of annexing four first prizes and one second out of five attempts...

The following is the result, with the start and riding time of the successful competitors:
N. Saunders, 3½ Rival, start 3m, riding time 50m 30s... 1
J. Jarman, 2¾ Jarman, start 11m, time 1h 15m 10s... 2
J. Doherty, 4½ Buchet, scratch, time lh 17m... 3
A. J .Powell, 4 h.p. Surrey, 8m start, time lh 18m 22s... 4

The Sydney Morning Herald Mon 27 Nov 1905
Motorcycle Racing NSW (1905)

Source: Trove NLA

Rock Sidecars

Melbourne firm imported Milford sidecar components. The were assembled and marketed as Rock sidecars.

Source: The Sidecar - A History by Geoff Brazendale, via Dictionnaire du side-car.
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Rolfe 1914-1915 (Vic.)

Rollert (Vic.)

The Rose (Shepparton, Vic.)

Built in Renmark, South Australia. Advertised in 1913 only.

Or your ROSENTHAL Motor Cycle.
ROSENTHAL, the Cycle & Motor Manufacturer."
Renmark Pioneer, Fri 30 May 1913
Source: Trove NLA

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