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Tirranna Race Club Programme, Andew Faithfull Gibson, 1 January 1869

2012.0019.0034

Tirranna Race Club Programme, Andew Faithfull Gibson, 1 January 1869

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Physical description

A Tirranna Race Club programme from the 1st of January 1869. The programme is made out of a piece of cardboard folded in half and is printed in pink ink. On the front is picture of horses racing above the printed text of 'TIRRANNA RACE CLUB. / FRIDAY, 1st JANUARY, 1869...'. The text sits within an ornate border. Across the top '[Andrew] Gibson' is handwritten in pencil. Inside is a printed list of races, with handwritten annotations in pencil. On the back of the programme are handwritten annotations in penci that readl '1869 / Galloway. Hacks / ...'. The programme has been folded in half and a large crease remains.

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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