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George Lacy Hillier

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1879. Hillier of Chichester with 58-inch 'Arab' Bicycle. From 'Bartleet's Bicycle Book'.

George Lacy Hillier (1856-1941)

1856 June 6th. Born in Sydenham the son of Frederick Hillier, Member of the Stock Exchange and his wife Maria Ann Cole

1881. July 'Mr. G. H. Hillier, of the Stanley Bicycle Club, has won the 50 miles amateur championship, and is now amateur champion at all distances. He covered the fifty miles in 2h. 51m. 58 2-5sec., beating all amateur times from 26 miles, and all professional times from 30 miles.'[1]

1882. Member of Finchley Tricycle Club. [2]

1941 Died on 11 February aged 84 years. Member of Stock Exchange. [3] Buried in Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery. It does not appear that he ever married.

1941 Obituary [4]

Most famous of pioneer cyclists, George Lacy Hillier. who has died, aged 84, was also "father" of the Stock Exchange.

He started cycling in 1874. and started business his own account at the Stock Exchange six years later. From that time until about a year ago he rarely used any other vehicle but bicycle to travel between his home at Streatham. S.W., and the City.

He won all four bicycle championships promoted by the National Cyclists' Union in 1881.

Mr. Hillier was secretary of the London County Athletic Club, owners the Herne Hill track. He promoted the three 24-hour races for the Cuca Cup in 1892-3-4, which drew crowds of over 25,000.

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Sources of Information

  1. Diss Express - Friday 29 July 1881
  2. The Times, Monday, May 15, 1882
  3. The Times, Monday, Feb 24, 1941
  4. Daily Herald - Friday 14 February 1941