PENNIES BY THE SEA
SIGN up to build your own penny farthing at the annual Pennies by the Sea this Saturday at Einbunpin Lagoon from 2-4pm.
Named after the British coins, the penny and farthing, with one much larger than the other, the penny farthing continues to have a following 150 years after its launch and 200 years after the invention of the first Laufmaschine (running machine) in 1817.
Queensland Penny Farthing And Historical Cycle Club secretary Aaron Wray said the seventh annual Pennies by the Sea would celebrate 200 years of cycling and visitors could expect to see cycles of all kinds.
“On the day we will have a high tea at Bramble Place Coffee and Tea, bikes on display, people dressed in 19th century Queensland costumes, and Kaleidoscope performing dances from the era,” he said.
“Bicycle Queensland will have a marquee with a replica of the first bicycle – a 1917 Draisine or hobby horse, SkillsTech who run the Build your own Penny Farthing course will have a stand, and we’ll have the Queensland penny farthing turtle ride, penny farthing stack, coffee van and olden days kids games.
“That evening we have a dinner at Bramble Place Coffee and Tea with guest speaker member and collector Stephen Nutt talking about bicycles around the turn of the century and later.
“We hold Pennies by the Sea to get together and show and talk about our bikes.
“There is public interest in seeing these bikes up close and opportunity for people to ask questions and even sit on a penny,” Mr Wray said.
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Aaron Wray will be one of many penny farthing enthusiasts at Pennies by the Sea this Saturday at Einbunpin Lagoon.