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Harold Parsons Memorial
Harold Parsons Memorial

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

Harold Albert (Ranji) Parsons was born in 1893 and lived at 22 Hoddle Street, Richmond. He became a mechanic at Turner Brothers, Harley-Davidson agents in 1916.

He won many motor-cycling championships in four states and in August 1920 established a world record for 24 hours with a ride of 1114.25 miles on his Indian Scout 600cc. In 1921, he and a mechanic friend were trialing their cycles when Parsons collided with a straying horse, and later died in hospital, Over 1000 people attended the funeral and 100 motor cyclists formed a guard of honour.

The Victorian Motor Cycle Club erected a monument with subscriptions coming from all parts of Australia. The monument was a double-sided drinking fountain with access one side to the schoolchildren and the other to pedestrians. Following vandalism the monument was re-erected and moved to its present location in 1989.


Address:Wellington Parade & Punt Road, Weedon Reserve, East Melbourne, 3002
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.817046
Long: 144.98959
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:15-May-1921
Actual Event End Date:15-May-1921


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1923
Front Inscription

In memory of Harold Parsons Australia`s champion motor cyclist. Accidentally killed at Epping 15th May 1921. Erected by the motor cyclists of Australia and friends.

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