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Tirranna Picnic Race Club Programme, 12 January 1923


Tirranna Picnic Race Club Programme, 12 January 1923

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Physical description

A Tirranna Picnic Race Club programme, 12th January 1923. The programme has light blue covers. On the front is a picture of a horse set amongst the printed text 'Tirranna Picnic Race Club / ANNUAL MEETING / SECOND DAY / Friday, 12th January, 1923 / PRICE - ONE SHILLING.'. Inside the booklet are details of each race and the horses running. There are handwritten notes in pencil throughout. Printed on the back cover are the words 'Published for the Club by / DANIEL BROTHERS, GOULBURN / Copyrighted'.

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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