Tim O'Brien | Jul 3, 2016

Queensland Police have appealed for public assistance following the theft of a very rare, restored historic motorcycle from Roma, central Queensland.

The stolen bike, a 1924 TS Douglas, with Queensland registration S1908, was stolen sometime between Friday June 24 and Monday June 27, having been removed from the rear shed of a Whip Street, Roma, address.

The Douglas, immaculately restored by its owner, Garry Dann, is one of very few such machines in Australia.

A British company, Douglas had disappeared by the mid-1950s but not before making a major contribution to motorcycle design in its early years. It popularised the flat-twin engine – with the cylinders parallel to the frame – and was one of the first to adopt the disc brake (invented some years earlier by Birmingham engineer, Fred Lanchester).

Douglas became a significant manufacturer of motorcycles from early last century; it supplied no less than 70,000 motorcycles to the British army during the First World War and later produced a small number of cars.

Aside from the personal loss to owner Garry Dann, this motorcycle is a significant part of Australia’s motoring history and too valuable to lose. It is easily identified.

Anyone who may have seen the motorcycle or have any other information that could assist police with their investigations is urged to contact Crime Stoppers via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.

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