Talks@Willoughby presents Bret Harris

Start Date & Time: Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:30 pm

End Date & Time: Wednesday, 19 July 2017 1:30 pm

Address: Chatswood Library on The Concourse, Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Cost: Free

Tickets Available


Four years before the inaugural Tour de France, four cyclists known as ‘Overlanders’ set out on a race around Australia. Tour de Oz is the true story of a remarkable race to 'circumcycle' the Australian continent – before we became a nation.

In 1899, a wily bushman named Arthur Richardson left Perth heading north, carrying no more than a swag and a pistol. He had set his sights on becoming the first person to ride around the vast island continent - some 18,507km. 

Richardson would follow dirt tracks, cattle and camel pads and stars in the night sky as he battled thirst, hunger, exhaustion, crocodile attack and spears from Aboriginal warriors to realise his dream. But he also had competition...another party of cyclists with the same ambition. Brothers Frank and Alex White, and wealthy adventurer Donald Mackay, from cities on the other side of the country were also attempting the ride in a counter-clockwise direction... 

Lindfield Bookshop will have copies of the author's books available on the day for sale and signing.

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There is seating for 120 people and limited standing room is available. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. If you require special assistance with seating, please contact the library prior to the event.  

Contact: Willoughby City Library on 9777 7900 or email

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