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Tirranna Picnic Race Club account book, 1922 to 1923

2012.0019.0010

Tirranna Picnic Race Club account book, 1922 to 1923

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Physical description

An account book from the Tirranna Picnic Race Club, from 1922 to 1923. The book has a dark blue cover. There is a white paper label on the front that reads 'Folio 823 / Tirranna Picnic Race Club / In Account with / Bank of New South Wales. / Goulburn Branch...'. The bottom right corner of the cover is tattered.

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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