Aussi Also any­one?

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

I am con­duct­ing re­search into the Aussi Also mo­tor­bike made in Mel­bourne in 1919-1920 in Mel­bourne. My in­ter­est stems from an ex­tract from Rob Say­ward’s book on Aus­tralian-made mo­tor­cy­cles where he men­tions that one of the part­ners, Ike Walsh re­turned to the fam­ily farm at Kil­many near Sale in Vic­to­ria. It’s near where I live so I be­came in­quis­i­tive. The com­pany that man­u­fac­tured the bike was Rus­sell, Walsh and Hitch­cock. I have since dis­cov­ered that Ni­cholas Walsh had a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing mo­tor­cy­cle patents cred­ited to him, as well as the patent for the im­pact driver. E.P.Hitch­cock was an AN­ZAC, who won the DCM at Gal­lipoli. He re­turned to France where he was wounded 4 times in 5 weeks and was men­tioned in dis­patches twice. He was also a coast-watcher dur­ing the sec­ond world war and won the Amer­i­can Le­gion of Merit. He mar­ried an Agnes Rus­sell, whose fa­ther started Hoyts cin­e­mas. The Rus­sell con­nec­tion hasn’t been con­firmed yet, it doesn’t seem to be any­thing to do with Agnes Rus­sell, but I have a few leads.

I have dis­cov­ered a fair bit so far in­clud­ing pho­tos that I sus­pect have never been pub­lished. I have also made con­tact with one of the fam­i­lies who are look­ing into things for me as well. I haven’t ex­hausted all leads yet, and will keep­ing look­ing into it. Please con­tact me at [email protected]­ if you have any info to share. Any help would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Ton ‘Bones’ Farmer Sale, Vic.

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