Saturday, 27 September 2014

Petersham Race Track

During the Dulwich Hill Fair, we were asked about the location of the local horse racing track. As promised, here is some information ....

This lovely picture is held by the Library of NSW entitled Race Meeting at Petersham (c. 1845)

The race meeting depicted here was held at the private racecourse of Thomas Shaw, licensee of the Woolpack Inn (now the Bald Faced Stag Hotel) on Parramatta Road at Leichhardt. The racecourse was situated on land leased by Shaw immediately opposite the hotel and extending back to the present railway line. Horseraces were regularly held on this course throughout the 1840s and subscribers, including well-known Sydney sportsmen, paid from 2s 6d to 1 guinea (21 shillings) to attend.

The view of the course is from the grandstand situated in Railway Street. Race entries were taken at Mr Oatley's Sportsman's Inn in the city five days before the meeting with advertisements stating: 'all the riders to appear in Jockey Costume'. This was in line with regulations introduced by the Australian Jockey Club, established in 1842. The jockeys are shown riding upright in the saddle, with long stirrups and reins, a practice that was continued until the late nineteenth century.

Reference: NSW Government Shop Online

Monday, 8 September 2014

James Start Harrison

We love comments from our readers, especially ones that point out an error. We try our best to bring you correct information, but research being what it is is not always perfect.

Recently Paul Cooper let us know the name of the resident who Harrison Street & Woodbury Street  was named after was incorrect. From the following article we can guess Mr Cooper is a relative, and somewhat more of an expert than this writer. So thank you for helping us.

After a quick search for the correct name, I was able to come across some more information about James Start Harrison. With such credentials it is a fitting tribute to have his name honoured in our streets.

Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW:
 1870 - 1907), Saturday 15 March 1902, page 26

In the News - Dulwich Hill Boy Scouts Hall Addition

Marrickville Council recently posted this picture to their facebook page.  It shows the opening of the extension to the Dulwich Hill Boy Scouts Hall in 1924.  Through Trove I was able to find an interesting recount of the events of the day that connect to this wonderful photograph.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Monday 16 June 1924, page 10

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