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2002/91/1 Presentation trophy in two parts, silver/ timber, presented by Dux Bicycle Co to 'round Australia cyclist' Donald Mackay in 1900, made by [Edward Fischer and Sons, Melbourne], Australia, 1900. Click to enlarge.

Trophy presented to Donald Mackay by Dux Bicycle Co

Made
In 1900 Donald Mackay became the third person to cycle around the continent, setting a new around Australia cycling record of 240 days 7 hours and 30 minutes. Mackay pedaled his Dux bicycle, now in the Museum's collection, north through Queensland, across the Northern Territory, down the west coast of the continent, across the Nullarbor Plain, then up the eastern coast. This ride was the last of a series of long distance cycling trips in Australia between 1897 and 1900 to prove the suitability …

Summary

Object No.

2002/91/1

Object Statement

Presentation trophy in two parts, silver/ timber, presented by Dux Bicycle Co to 'round Australia cyclist' Donald Mackay in 1900, made by [Edward Fischer and Sons, Melbourne], Australia, 1900

Physical Description

Silver presentation trophy in two parts with wooden pedestal base. The trophy is supported on a hollow silver foot and stem. The foot has a conical form which is decorated with six hemispherical bosses and engraved floral motifs. Rising from this is a small flattened hemispherical knob also decorated with six bosses. The knob supports a stem which tapers slightly out, where it connects to a reeded base. The reeded base supports another stem that forms part of the cylindrical cup. Two upturned handles extend from the cushion pad and terminate above the level of the rim of the cup. The bowl exterior features a shield with an inscription. The shield is flanked with engraved foliate scrolls. Engraved written text on the back of the cup relates to 'Donald Mackay's Record Ride Around Australia on the Dux'. The cup is topped with a waisted lid with a circular collar decorated with six more bosses. The flat top of the lid has a medallion engraved with floral motifs supporting a miniature bicycle.

The trophy is positioned on a turned wooden pedestal to which is applied a silver plaque in the shape of Australia which is engraved with further text.

Marks

On exterior cup of trophy on silver shield in written text; 'AUSTRALIA'S / WHEEL / PRESENTED / BY THE / DUX / CYCLE COMPANY / 300 / LIT. COLLINS ST / MELBOURNE'. The Australian coat of arms features on the shield above the written text.

Engraved also on the exterior of the cup, 'A SOUVENIR / OF / Mr Donald Mackays / RECORD RIDE AROUND / AUSTRALIA / ON THE DUX'. The engraved text is surrounded by engraved floral motifs.

Stamped on exterior of foot, 'STG.SILVER (animal figure)'

On wooden base of trophy, on a silver plaque in the shape of Australia in engraved text, 'RECORDS WON ON THE DUX / by Mr Donald Mackay / 1. Round Australia 11000 miles / TIME 240 DAYS, 7 HRS, 30 MIN. / 2. Brisbane to Brisbane & Newcastle / 11600 miles / Perth to Brisbane & Newcastle / TIME 48 DAYS 4 HRS 15 MIN. / 4 Perth to Sydney / 40 DAYS, 6 HRS, 50 MIN.'

Dimensions

Height

560 mm

Width

230 mm

Depth

230 mm

Production

Notes

The making of the presentation trophy is attributed to the firm of Edward Fischer and Sons who were active in Melbourne from 1890 or 1895 to 1916. Their office was at 190 Collins Street. The company was established by Edward Francis Gunter Fischer who had been born in Austria in 1828 and by 1857 was one of Australia's key colonial silversmiths working in Geelong, Victoria. When Fischer retired, the business was moved to Melbourne in either 1890 or 1895 and continued by his sons, Harry Caspar and Edward Robert.

The trophy was made in 1900.

History

Notes

The trophy was presented by the Dux Cycle Co. of Melbourne to Donald Mackay in recognition of his round Australia ride between 1899 and 1900. Mackay rode an 'Australia's Wheel' model Dux bicycle which was made especially for him in Melbourne at the Dux factory and shipped by steamer to Brisbane where the ride began on 29 July 1899. The Dux Cycle company was said to be one of Australia's largest bicycle manufacturers and importers at the time. It was established in about 1895. Two years later the firm opened a large factory and showroom at 300-302 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, employing a staff of 150.

In 1902 Donald Mackay married Amy Isabel Little. The couple remained childless and Donald died a widower on 17 September 1958. The trophies came into the hands of Donald's grandnephew Alex Baldry of 'Wallendoon', Wallendbeen, who was the grandchild of James Alexander Kenneth Mackay, brother of Donald. James Mackay (1859-1935) was a soldier, author and politician. He had two daughters one of whom married a Mr Baldry. Their son Alex Baldry today lives on James Mackay's property 'Wallendoon' and the trophies have been in the family for some years. They were presented to the Museum in 2002 by Alex Baldry.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr and Mrs Alex Baldry, 2002

Acquisition Date

28 August 2002

Cite this Object

Harvard

Trophy presented to Donald Mackay by Dux Bicycle Co 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2021, <https://ma.as/11738>

Wikipedia

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