Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer


Tirranna Picnic Race Club Programme, 14 and 15 January 1915


Tirranna Picnic Race Club Programme, 14 and 15 January 1915

Object information

Physical description

A Tirranna Picnic Race Club programme, 14th and 15th January 1915. The programme is made of three double sided dark pink pieces of paper and is printed in black ink. The front cover reads 'OFFICIAL PROGRAMME. / Diamond Jubilee Meeting. / TIRRANNA PICNIC RACE CLUB / ... / ANNUAL MEETING, / 1915. / THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, / 14TH AND 15TH JANUARY...'. The text sits inside an ornate border. Inside the booklet is a printed list of races and prizes and a note regarding rules. On the back cover is printed information listed under the heading 'Train Arrangements'.

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.

Object information


Back to top