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Tirranna Picnic Race Club chequebook butts, 1919 to 1922

2012.0019.0006

Tirranna Picnic Race Club chequebook butts, 1919 to 1922

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Physical description

A book of chequebook butts from the Tirranna Picnic Race Club from 1919 to 1922. The book has a red spine and a plain cardboard back. The stubs are all filled out, The first one reads 'No 1 / Sept. 15th 1919 / A.J.C. / Registration of / Club...' The first page also has two large ticks made by a blue pencil, and two smaller ticks made by purple pencil.

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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