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Letter from Tirranna Picnic Race Club, 4 January 1873

2012.0019.0236.001

Letter from Tirranna Picnic Race Club, 4 January 1873

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Physical description

A letter from Tirranna Picnic Race Club. This is the first page of a letter handwritten in black ink on a piece of white paper. The page has been folded into quarters horizontally. The letter reads 'Bungendore / 4 January 73 / My dear sir / When you and Ms / [?] called at my office on / Friday last, I undertook to / send a list of names of / visitors...'

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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