Australian & NZ Motorcycles

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Tasma 1911


C. S. Teece is listed as having built a motorcycle of this name in 1913 with a 3½ JAP engine.


Motor cyclists will be glad to learn that the well-known expert, Mr C. S. Teece, has been offered and has accepted the position of Technical Editor to the new paper 'The Australian Motor Cycle.' No name is better known throughout the motor cycling community of Australia than that of Mr Teece, as an expert in the theoretical side of motor cycles, and combined with this he possesses a thorough mechanical knowledge gained by a sound course of training in motor cycle workshop practice. With such high qualifications and a fearless sense of what is right in motor cycle work, Mr Teece is bound to 'make good' in his new sphere of work, and will I am sure as time goes on add to the present high esteem in which he is held by all motor cyclists who have come in contact with him, whether personally or by his writings.

Winner (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1917) Wed 17 Nov 1915


Winner (Melbourne, Vic.) Wed 23 Aug 1916

Australian Motor Cycle Cup Cup Winners. — C. S. Teece, side car, over 600...

The Age (Melbourne) Mon 28 Aug 1916

Sources: Simon; Trove NLA


Manufactured by A.E.Terry of Adelaide, c.1905.

Sources: Trove NLA, et al

Mr Archie Campbell was asked to carry the post on his motor cycle, and if possible to intercept the train leaving Launceston at 3.20 for the North-West Coast. The messenger left the southern capital at 11 o'clock, passed Oatlands at 1, and found no difficulty in reaching Perth in ample time to hand the bag over to the guard of the tram. Mr Campbell rode a 2½ h.p. Terry motor cycle.

Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas.) Mon 8 Jan 1906

This would be the same Archibald Campbell who built Campbell motorcycles in Hobart 1902-04.

Thumpstar (Vic.)

Torpedo (Launceston)


Built by Mike Richardson,

North Fremantle, Western Australia

Three versions of this interesting 3-wheeler have been constructed. A "leaner" powered by a Honda CB750 four engine, the Mk1 appeared in 1997, and was followed by MkII and MkIII versions. Later he built a Morgan Aeroworks Cheetah aeroplane.



Trescowthick tricar c1903

Image courtesy Terry Parker of the VVMCSA.


In 1903 Charles Trescowthick of Adelaide built his first vehicle as a phaeton, with four large wheels and a light body, powered by a 3½ h.p. De Dion engine. This machine was later converted to a tricar.

Sources: The Advertiser, 12 October 1954 (;; et al

Turner Bros

This marque is mentioned by Simon Fleming but extensive searches of Trove have proved fruitless. Eric Tyler's name appears frequently, but he is not mentioned in connection with this marque. That said, one of the machines he rode was the Brooklands, of which there is also little information, so it is possible that that machine is a rebadged bike, and the Tyler may be too. The hunt continues...

In 1914 Tyler was on the staff of the Hendee Manufacturing Co.
Source: Trove

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