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Papatoetoe Bicycle Register Database 1936-1944

Many councils throughout New Zealand passed by-laws regulating bicycles to improve safety and to control bicycle traffic. As well as providing a means of regulating bicycle traffic and cyclists, registration was also promoted as a means to enable the return of lost bicycles to their owners and to reduce bicycle thefts.

These by-laws required the registration of bicycles where bicycle owners had to provide their full name and address and pay a registration fee. In return they would be given a registration number which would have to be displayed on the bicycle.

This register includes details of bicycle registrations under the following headings:
  • registration number
  • name
  • address
  • description of bicycle (either type, e.g., 'Safety', or manufacturer, e.g., BSA, Raleigh)
  • serial number of bicycle
  • date

Entries are arranged numerically by registration number and the register is in chronological order.

The database is searchable by name, street and year. Use the Browse button to browse the contents of these fields.

This database is a full transcript of entries in the register. For further information, please contact Auckland Council Archives.

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  • Jamie Mackay. 'Bicycles - Cycle clubs, advocacy and accidents', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 13-Jul-12, URL:
  • Wellington bicycle by-laws, Wanganui Chronicle, 8 May 1897, p.2
  • Registered bicycles by-law for Mount Albert, New Zealand Herald, 25 September 1929, p.11
  • Control of bicycles registration urged, New Zealand Herald, 11 September 1936, p.15
  • To register cycles - Government's proposal, Auckland Star, 19 February 1938, p.13
  • Bicycle thefts, Auckland Star, 17 July 1939, p.9