The National Motorcycle Museum of Australia was started by Brian and Margaret Kelleher in 1990. The idea of a museum designated to the history of motorcycles in Australia was triggered after a Bureau of Statistics report came out in 1988 that stated that old motorcycles were leaving the country for the USA, England, and Japan. Before the museum was established, Brian had been an avid collector of motorcycles and memorabilia while Margaret was in the motorcycle retail industry for 18 years. Motorcycles are considered to be a very important part of Australia’s transportation history. In the 1950s and 1960s, many people’s first mode of transportation was a motorcycle because of its cheapness. The National Motorcycle Museum of Australia houses around 800 motorcycles and an impressive amount of motorcycle memorabilia, toys, as well as a private library and a policy that allows visitors to rent motorcycles.