Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 3:54pm

When Percival (Bunny) Shepherd (1887-1949) won the New South Wales Cycling Union’s road race, the Finlay Mile, in November 1906, he was given this gold watch as a prize. It comes with a little leather pouch and is monogrammed with the initials PS on the engine turned case back. In 1906 nineteen-year old Bunny was one of the stars of the Balmain Cycling Club. He went on to join the NSW Police in 1911 and was stationed first at Balmain police station, then at Newtown. Tragedy struck the keen cyclist in 1912 when he was knocked from his bike on King Street, Newtown, by a bolting horse. He suffered severe injuries to his head and back. Although he went back to work once he had recovered he was forced to abandon cycling. He became a popular traffic policeman and was dubbed ‘Sydney’s super-policeman of traffic corners’ by one Sydney newspaper. Many years later he took up cycling again and even managed to ride to Windsor in 1940 to visit to an old acquaintance. Bunny retired from the NSW police in 1945.

Photograph: Jamie North, 2013
Gift of Thelma Shepherd, 1986
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JP87/1472-1:2