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Tirranna Race Club Programme, 14 February 1862


Tirranna Race Club Programme, 14 February 1862

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Physical description

A Tirranna Race Club programme from the 14th of February, 1862. The programme is made out of a piece of cardboard and is printed in blue ink. The front reads 'TIRRANNA RACE CLUB. / FRIDAY, 14th FEBRUARY, 1862...'. The text sits within an ornate border. Underneath the heading is a printed list of races with handwritten annotations made in black pen. 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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