Made in Australia, Oceania, 1930-1950.

These roller skates appear to be home-made, are in good condition for their age and probably date from the 1930s or 1940s. At that time roller skating was popular in Australia, both as an inexpensive recreational pastime and as a competitive sport. Roller rinks catered for leisure skaters as well as for those competing in roller hockey, speed skating and dance skating. Clubs were established to manage competitive skating and social activities. It is thought that this pair of quad skates was used...


A pair of mens four-wheeled rollerskates, each consisting of a leather lace-up boot bolted to a steel chassis which is joined to two parallel axles by metal bolts with rubber springs. The axles each hold a pair of wooden wheels and are placed under the heel and the ball of the foot. The boots are black with high ankles, leather soles and uppers, and black laces. Each boot has a rubber toe stop under the sole that functions as a brake when the skater tips the skate onto the toe.


220 mm
115 mm


The maker of the rollerskates is unknown and they do not have a maker's label or brand. The rollerskates were probably made in Australia between 1930-1950 and appear to have been home-made, by modifying a pair of store-bought boots.


Gift of Mrs J Larke, 2008
15 February, 2008

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Roller-skates 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 July 2017, <>
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