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Invoice issued to Tirranna Picnic Race Club, issued 31 December 1877

2012.0019.0177.001

Invoice issued to Tirranna Picnic Race Club, issued 31 December 1877

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Physical description

An invoice addressed to A. Gibson, Tirranna Picnic Race Club for purchased stationary goods. The invoice is typed and handwritten in black ink onto a purple piece of paper. Printed in black ink 'The Southern Argus Printing Office, Goulburn, New South Wales. / Goulburn, December 31st 1877 / DR to JOHN WALSH...' The goods that were purchased were '80 circulars / 75 circulars / 75 do. races'. The invoice is paid. Sent from The Southern Argus Printing Office, Goulburn, New South Wales. The dates of purchases were the 9th and 29th of October, as well as the 15th of Decmeber, 1877. The reciept was issued on the 31st December, 1877.

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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