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Tirranna Picnic Race Club invitations book

2012.0019.0296

Tirranna Picnic Race Club invitations book

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Physical description

An invitation list book from Tirranna Picnic Race Club. The book has black covers, with a white label stuck in the centre of the front cover that reads 'EXERCISE / BOOK / ... / Tirranna Picnic Race Club / ... / Invitation List...'. The bottom right hand corner of the cover is peeling away from the backing. Inside are ruled pages with handwritten text in black ink. The headings at the tops of the pages are either 'Invitations to Races', 'Invitations to Races and Ball' or 'Invitations to Ball'.

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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