John McGrath, the original owner of this bike recalls;
This frame was made by Robert (Bobby) Jones of Auburn NSW using 531 British tubing. Bobby also handcut the lugs in his distinctive style. As far as I can remember it was built circa 1949.
Originally enamelled in my name in large letters - McGRATH - it was re-enamalled as a Swansea because of my association with the owners of that cycle shop in Fremantle. I used this frame whilst competing in the Australian Track Championships in Perth in 1951 and Adelaide in 1952.
I also rode it in Perth’s first Six Day track event at Lake Monger Velodrome in 1961 and at numerous dirt track events at nearby country shows.
I trust that this most treasured bike frame will be well looked after by my new acquaintance Mr MB.
The bike has been rebuilt using some original parts of John’s. Photographs of John racing as well as his recollections have been used as a reference for other parts. John always used white cotton bar tape.
High flange Airlite hubs, Fiamme rims, Chater Lea chainset, unknown stem with initials “MN” cut into bracing panel, Brooks saddle.