Several of the bikes in the photo displayed signs that read: Gypsy Tour - Melbourne to Sydney. Ivor greeted the group in Bairnsdale and organised the photo to promote his business.
Looking at the bikes in the photo we concluded that it was likely to have been taken in 1927/28, and contacted the State Library of Victoria (Australia) for assistance. They discovered a newspaper article from the Sydney Morning Herald, dated 29/12/1927. Although it was printed without a photograph, it clearly described the group in our photo (The Indian Motorcycle Club of Victoria) mentioning some of the characters and bikes. The article also described the route taken, condition of the roads, and what activities were planned on arrival.
Those seeing the original photo, suggested that if I ever had it reproduced, they would like to buy a copy. With permission from the Sydney Morning Herald to reproduce the article, I decided to combine the two and have some printed in A1 poster size (24" high and 33" long and supplied in a mailing tube) to swap for parts to complete the restoration of a 1928 Scout 101 which my father John restored and maintain. So yes, my grandfather's photo has helped us participate in our expensive hobby.
Members of the current Indian Motocycle Club of Australia organised a re-run of the Gypsy Tour just over 80 years after the original event. Click this link for more information about the 2008 Gypsy Tour rally including an itinerary. Since the release of the movie "The World's Fastest Indian" starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Burt Munro, public interest in the history of Indian Motorcycles has intensified, so the re-enactment of the Gypsy Tour Rally was quite an attraction.