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Document from Tirranna Picnic Race Club, 15 January 1875

2012.0019.0238.002

Document from Tirranna Picnic Race Club, 15 January 1875

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Physical description

A document from Tirranna Picnic Race Club. This is the second page of a list of names handwritten in black ink on a piece of pale blue coloured paper. Blue coloured pencil has been used to tick and underline some of the names. The start of the list reads 'Val Riley / Mrs. Jamieson and Miss. F. Lonch /...'.

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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