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The Minister for Immigration, Mr Hubert Opperman, who left on April 23 on an eleven-week tour to promote migration from Britain and Europe to Australia, was Australia's greatest road and endurance cyclist. In 1934, the latest Mr J A Lyons, then Prime Minister of Australia, described him as "Australia's foremost ambassador". His feats as a wheelman include: - Australian Road Cycling Champion, 1924, 1926, 1927, and 1929. Captain, Australian Tour de France team, 1928, 1931. Captain, Australian Cycling teams, England, 1935, 1937. Winner, French Bol D'or, 24 hours tandem paced and winner, L'Auto, French sporting newspaper plebiscite for year's most popular athlete, 1928. "Opppy" leads the field in the 1931 Paris-Brest-Paris race. "I prepared for the event for more than two years", he recalled recently

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A12111, 1/1965/25/12
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