Our sport in the 1800’s and the  early 1900s



Bathurst to Bong Bong – 1832


Tasmania – 40 mile Walk – 1839


Australian Pedestrian Efforts – 1840s


McKean and Howard – 1000 mile effort


July 1854 – Pearce – Three day effort


Flying Pieman – Pedestrian Challenge – 1855


Training thoughts

Flying Pieman in court – November 1857


The Great 1000 mile feat at Ballarat

ALLAN M’KEAN’S WALKING FEAT – That this feat is finished, for the first time in Australia, by M’Kean, is a matter which has astonished almost everyone, and reflects infinite credit on the indomitable courage and powers of endurance which have sustained him throughout. We were present when he commenced his last mile at half past nine o’clock, and the theatre was crammed to the ceiling. The poor fellow seemed completely exhausted, his limbs almost refusing their office. Occasionally he had to be revived, and then again manfully started on his great emprize. The applause was loud and continual, and at last proved too much for M’Kean, who raised his arm in protest, and the walking proceeded in hushed silence. At last the long-wished-for twenty seven thousandth round alone remained to be done, and, exhausted as he was, M’Kean’s pluck rose to the emergency, and, though with sinking knees and bowed body, the feat was completed in a spurt, the mile having been completed in 22½ minutes. The applause was immense, and, supported on either side by his assistants, the now unrivalled colonial pedestrian came forward to say a word or two. Nature, however, claimed her long defrauded rights, and “Have I a friend to speak for me?” was all he could get out. Mr C. Dyte then came forward, and after a few appropriate words of eulogy, mentioned that, as a money speculation, the feat had been a loss instead of a gain to M’Kean. Mr Gibbs had, he said, promised a benefit next week at the Charlie, but something might be done at once; and Mr Dyte at once started a subscription in a hat, an example which was imitated by several other gentlemen, and a handsome sum was made up. M’Kean then retired, and his medical advisors, Drs Leman and Hobson, say it will be a long time before he recovers from the effects of his feat.

McKean progress total – 1858


Jan 1859 – McKean – Another 1000 mile effort

Allan McKean – Aborted Sydney effort – April 1859

50 miles in under 7 hours – August 1859

Allan McKean – Hobart match in 1859

Pedestrian News – April 1859

Public Will and Testament for Flying Pieman

Beechworth 35 mile walk – April 1859

Howard v Douglas – 1000 miles – 1859

Howard v McKean – 1859


The Flying Pieman Challenge – Jun 1860

Female 1500 mile pedestrian effort


Allan McKean sued for maintenance – 1861


6 Day race – 1876 – Daniel O Leary

Pedestrian Items – 1878

Go as you Please Tournament announcement – 1879

Six Day match completed – 1879

48hr Race – Nov 1879

Pedestrian News – 8 Nov 1879

Edwards in Wagga – 1879


Edwards – wife desertion in 1880

48hr in 1880

William Baker – Pedestrian performance in 1880

Forbes Pedestrian Tournament – 1880

Grenfell 48hr race – 1880

Go as you Please tournament – Dec 1880

24hr race – 20,000 strong crowd – 1880


50 miles in 12 hours – 1900

24hr race in Adelaide – 1903

26hr in Perth – 1908

Leslie Wilson – walking around the world – 1909

Thomas Greenlee walking around the World – 1909


50 miles in 12 hours – 1900

24hr race in Adelaide – 1903

26hr in Perth – 1908

Leslie Wilson – walking around the world – 1909

Thomas Greenlee walking around the World – 1909