In the beginning…

Welcome to Darge Wildun.

I hope you enjoy the information on this site.

Darge

Above: Francis Birtles, driving a Ford model-T, accompanied by his younger brother Clive and his dog Wowser.

Francis Edwin Birtles was an Australian adventurer who set many long-distance cycling and driving records. He was the first person to drive a car from England to Australia (1927). Birtles set a speed record driving from Darwin to Melbourne (1926). He cycled around Australia twice and by 1912 had crossed the country seven times. He was the first person to cross Australia from west to east on a bicycle. He was born on the 7th of November 1881 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and passed away on the 1st of July 1941 in Sydney.

Photography by Algernon Darge (Melbourne, 1914).

Embracing the challenge in 1914, as always.

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