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Draft of complaint letter, Tirranna Race Club, 1903

2012.0019.0123.002

Draft of complaint letter, Tirranna Race Club, 1903

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Physical description

A rough draft complaint letter, wiritten on a folded white coloured torn half-page. Handwritten in pencil the message reads 'I wish to lodge a complaint against W.E. Manning for crossing before being two lengths clear and for bumping me on the snail about 4 fur from home W.J. [B?]adgery'.

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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