Thursday, April 21, 2016
The eighteenth step in my A-Z of quirky ancestor antics - R is for riding from Bourke to Sydney
A few years after a terrible heatwave in NSW that struck Bourke people very badly, one of my great-uncles, Walter John NORTHCOTE, and three of his mates decided to ride pushbikes from Bourke to Sydney at the height of summer in January 1899. Walter ran a bike shop in Bourke so at least he would have had good access to suitable bikes. It seems the purpose of the ride was "to see the country". Talk about a tough ride!
Source: The Bourke Banner, 18 January 1899