Alias Al­bert Rath­bone

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

Sheffield to Syd­ney. A mem­oir.

By Phil Geary

Self Pub­lished ISBN: 978-1-68418-949-6 Pa­per­back 94 pages Price in Aus­tralia $25, NZ $30 in­clud­ing postage To order: email: aliasal­ber­trath­[email protected] Phone 0444 540244

Au­thor Phil Geary cre­ated his al­ter ego Al­bert Rath­bone more than 20 years ago, and this lit­tle book de­scribes his (their) es­cape from the grotty fac­to­ries of Sheffield (UK) in the six­ties. He calls the de­ci­sion to leave it all be­hind and head for Aus­tralia as “life-chang­ing”. Few could blame him. Phil wrote, il­lus­trated, de­signed, type­set, proof­read and dis­trib­uted the book, which cov­ers not just life in Bri­tain and the se­ries of mo­tor­cy­cles he owned, but the var­i­ous es­capades that led to his de­ci­sion to marry and change hemi­spheres in 1973. First Syd­ney and later Tas­ma­nia be­came home to Phil, wife Chris and their fam­ily, along with a se­ries of mo­tor­cy­cles – ini­tially Bri­tish and later, per­haps in­evitably, Ja­panese. A rather touch­ing ac­count of the era of the ‘Ten Quid Pom’ that has gone for­ever.

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