Bankin the pi­o­neer

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

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.

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