Bankin the pioneer
My reason for writing is to thank you very much for the article on Ellis Matthewman Bankin in OBA 49, and in response to an email I sent you (after reading the article a dozen times), putting me in touch with the author of the article, Peter Whitaker, who was most helpful in providing further information for me on this amazing Australian Pioneer of Motorcycling. The Northern Territory Library Service was also extremely helpful. I contacted my local library to obtain the book on Mr Bankin, by Richard Duckworth, and was lucky enough to get the only copy in the State Library Service of SA, and it had to come from Coober Pedy. I’ve since tried to purchase a copy but have not been able to locate one. I would urge any reader of Australian Motorcycling History to try and obtain a copy through the various State Library Services. It’s a wonderful book and one I re-read many times in the time I had through the Library System, and I extended the period twice! Your stewardship of OBA has done a great service to Mr Bankin, I’m sure as an avid motorcyclist he would be “chuffed”. Well done. Paul Wells Nairne, SA. PS: My brother and I have spent a few years travelling the bush (time permitting of course) where we try and get permission from Local Councils, Landholder etc to clean up/repair old graves. We find many such graves in my book “Where The Dead Men Lie” by Bruce Simpson and Ian Tinney. These are mostly in NSW & Queensland, although we’ve found many others as well. We’ve now added Mr Bankins’ grave to our list to gain permission and visit next year being ever mindful of the need to be respectful.