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One invoice from Tirranna Picnic Race Club, 31 March 1873

2012.0019.0198.001

One invoice from Tirranna Picnic Race Club, 31 March 1873

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Physical description

One invoice from Tirranna Race Club. The item is printed and handwritten in black ink on pieces of yellow paper. At the top of the invoice is an emblem with 'THE GOULBURN HERALD...' written inside. The bottom half of the page is divided into columns and the text reads '... / Tirranna Race Club Goulburn, 31st March 1873... / 150 invitation cards (embossed) 12 6 / 6 packets envelopes...'. There is an orange one penny stamp on the back.

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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