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Photograph of group at Tirranna Races, 1896

2012.0019.0052

Photograph of group at Tirranna Races, 1896

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Physical description

A sepia coloured photograph mounted on stained white card. The photograph is of a group of men and a child. Twenty four men are standing at the back, six men and one child are sitting under a tree. Behind the group of men there is a small banner with text which reads '[BPC?].' There is handwritten text underneath the photo which reads 'The [?] 1896.' There is also a decorative border around the photograph. The card is damaged, three of the four corners are torn. There are several small holes around the edges and there is a significant amount of staining and spotting.

Statement of significance

The Tirranna Race Club collection comprises a complete series of minute books and other official records, documents and photographs associated with the Tirranna Race Club, which operated in the Goulburn district of southern NSW from 1855 until the early 1930s. After the Club disbanded, the collection was cared for by the Gibson family, on whose property the Tirranna picnic races were held each January. Most collection items are in fair condition.

As one of the earliest country race clubs established, the Tirranna Race Club helped found the Australian picnic races tradition. Picnic races allowed prosperous rural families to display their wealth and maintain social connections.The rules of the Tirranna Race Club held that only club members could enter horses or ride in races. Within a pastoral setting of summer hills, attendees at the Tirranna picnic races donned the latest, expensive fashions and together created a visual spectacle.

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