Across the Australian outback by bicycle 100 years ago

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The development of smaller cameras and more durable film in the late 19th and early 20th century added a whole new dimension to explorations by bicycle.

Edward Ryko Reichenbach in northern Australia

Edward Ryko Reichenbach in northern Australia

Edward ‘Ryko’ Reichenbach took advantage of that technology to publicize his record-setting, 3,000 km south-north bicycle ride across Australia in just 28 days in 1914.

Some photos taken by the 21-year-old of his bicycle explorations around Australia survive today. The Northern Territory Library is showing some of those images in an exhibit to commemorate his journey.

You can find a story about Reichenbach and more photos at the Daily Mail.

Also, the library prepared “teachers notes” for classes visiting the exhibit.

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