Me and My Dog Out for A Drive

Clive Birtles at the wheel of the car with the dog, Wowser.  National Library of Australia via Flickr Commons

Clive Birtles at the wheel of the car with the dog, Wowser. National Library of Australia via Flickr Commons

This guy and his dog look so bad ass, that I wanted to know more about him.  I did a quick search and I found an article from the  Sydney Morning Herald published on Aug 12, 1913:

Riding the “Universal” bicycle, fitted with an Eadie coaster two-speed hub, upon which his brotherFrancis has journeyed around Australia and established the overland cycling record from Perth to Sydney,Clive Birtles, 20 years of age, set out yesterday on a 1500 miles trip to Hughenden, where he will join the world-famed overlander in a final dash through the little-known country of the Northern Territory to PortDarwin. Clives’s first objective is Bourke. He will then pass through Cunnamulla, Charleville, Berkan,  Barcaldine, Aramac, and Muttaburra. The trip is ex-pected to occupy about 30 days, and the brothers hope to have completed their travels and be back again in Sydney before Christmas.

Weighed immediately before starting Clive’s machinescaled 119lb, and, festooned with rifle, tent, blankets,and cooking utensils, had the appearance more of acaravan than an ordinary roadster machine. Al-though, in addition, the rider weighed 164lb, Dunlopcarvas-lined 28in x 1½in smooth tread tyres weredeemed sufficient to tarry that ungainly load throughbush and plain. Mr. Sam Hordern bade the pluckyrider adieu at the George-street emporium of the firm,and the cyclist was accompanied for some distancealong the road by Mr. R. S. Gillett (managing diredt-tor Horderns”, Ltd.), Mr. C. U. Sherwood (DunlopCompany), and it number of pressmen in motor cars.”

Like I said, pretty bad ass!

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