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Tirranna Picnic Race Club Programme, Andrew Faithfull Gibson, 19 January 1877

2012.0019.0069

Tirranna Picnic Race Club Programme, Andrew Faithfull Gibson, 19 January 1877

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Physical description

A Tirranna Picnic Race Club programme, 19th January 1877. The programme has light green covers. On the front is a picture of horses racing, of which sits above the text 'Tirranna Picnic Races. / FRIDAY, 19TH JANUARY, 1877'. / Riley, Printers, Goulburn.'. At the top is the name 'AGibson' handwritten in pencil with '1877' written in black ink over the top. Inside the booklet are pages with the name of each race and details of the horses running, opposite blank pages with the title 'MEMORANDA.' The first two and last two pages in the book have lines marking out twelve squares which are numbered accordingly. There are handwritten notes in pencil throughout.

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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