‘Midget Farrelly’ Competition MkII skateboard

Made by Surf Skate Manufacturing Company in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1963-1965.

The skateboarding craze in Australia in the 1960s was closely associated with surfboard riding. This skateboard was made by the Surf Skate Manufacturing Company of Narrabeen, New South Wales, in about 1964. It features the name “Midget Farrelly Design” and is made of varnished timber with rubber wheels.

The skateboard has significance in its design and predates the flexible polyurethane wheels introduced in the 1970s. One of the makers, an engineering student named Michael Roberts, developed th...

Summary

Object No.

92/205

Physical Description

Skateboard, 'Midget Farrelly' Competition MkII, wood/metal/rubber, Surf Skate Manufacturing Co, Australia, 1963-1965

Skateboard, varnished timber board elongated oval shape bevelled underneath at edge, pair of rubber wheels at each end, black on front, red on back, front truck is a converted half roller skate, another truck was purpose made, in front of the rear truck is attachment for another truck with wheel assembly missing. Cartoon style face has been scored onto top face.

Marks

Impressed into top face within oval 'Midget Farrelly/DESIGN/SURF SKATE MFG.CO.', under oval 'COMPETITION MKII'.

Dimensions

Height

87 mm

Width

143 mm

Depth

660 mm

Production

Notes

Manufactured in a small factory in the Sydney suburb of Narrabeen.

Made

Surf Skate Manufacturing Company 1963-1965

History

Notes

This skateboard was found by the donor's family in "someone's throwout" and used by their daughter during the 1960s'.

Used

1960s

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Booth, 1992

Acquisition Date

24 March 1992

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Midget Farrelly' Competition MkII skateboard 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 July 2018, <https://ma.as/126305>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/126305 |title='Midget Farrelly' Competition MkII skateboard |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=21 July 2018 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Experimentations at the Powerhouse Museum.

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