Runner in long underwear, Australia, c.1870, American & Australasian (A&A) Photographic Company, from quarter plate glass photonegative, State Library of New South Wales, ON 4 Box 21 No 565

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When: 01 January 1872

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Around 1870 the A&A photo company took a studio portrait of this athlete in his running costume and shoes. While we have no definitive proof, it is possible that this is a picture of A. E. Bird who raced against E. Ford amateur champion runner of Victoria.

The image is from around the time this event took place and the runner is wearing what looks like an English rose, suggesting it may be Bird. We would welcome any further information which we could use to verify whether this is in fact his portrait.

Further reading: The Great Three-Mile Race. (1870, November 15). The Newcastle Chronicle (NSW : 1866 - 1876), p. 2. Retrieved December 8, 2017, from

The photograph is from the Holtermann Collection,, held by the State Library of New South Wales

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