Times past … cycling in Canberra during the Second World War
“In her book on wartime in Canberra, A bookshop in Wartime, Jennifer Horsfield explains that the manufacturers of bicycles also did a very good trade during petrol rationing, with cheerful advertisements in The Canberra Times promoting the health-giving benefits of cycling.
"’We don't miss the car a bit, confesses a housewife whose family all ride Malvern Star bikes’ blared one ad, while another on October 19, 1940, just after the introduction of petrol rationing, shows a doctor advising his overweight patient, ‘Petrol rationing will be a God-send to you, and provide you with the mild exercise you need’”.
From Little car sparks a big public response
[an article about a home-made electric vehicle used in Canberra during the Second World War]
by Tim the Yowie Man, Panorama p.8, Canberra Times, 11 June 2022