Gayndah, in Queensland, is claimed to be ‘Queensland’s Oldest Town’. The Archer Brothers first lead their bullock team across the Burnett River in the May of 1848. Within four years, a town was born, and the first race meeting held.
Horse racing was a favourite past-time in those early pioneering days. This monument pays tribute to the establishment of the sport in Queensland, and to all those that contributed . . .
The following article depicting Gayndah’s Christmas festivities in the year 1860 makes for interesting reading: Maryborough Chronicle – 2 Jan 1861.
Some of the first significant events in Gayndah’s Horse Racing history include:
1852 The First Race Meeting was held at Gayndah – note that this is 7 years prior to Queensland’s separation from New South Wales
1861 The ‘Queensland Jockey Club’ was formed at Gayndah’s Racecourse (within 2 years of separation)
1868 Queensland’s first ever Derby was held at Gayndah’s Racecourse
Current Day Gayndah’s Racecourse is the oldest course still in use, in Queensland.
” . . . Gayndah will hold its centenary celebrations this year and it is only fitting that racing should figure predominantly in many functions set down for the carnival week from May 8 to 13. Official records show that the Queensland Jockey Club was an enterprising body at Gayndah in 1861, and in 1868 the First Queensland Derby Stakes run by the Queensland Jockey Club at Gayndah, was won by W. E. Parry-Okeden’s “Hermit.” Successive Derbies were held in 1869 and 1870.
The Gayndah Jockey Club, which has carried on the traditional sport since the Queensland Jockey Club transferred its activities to Toowoomba, has decided on an ambitious programme to mark the centenary celebrations . . . “
Source: Excerpt – ‘Maryborough Chronicle’ – Article ‘Attractive Race Programme for Gayndah Centenary’ – published 1 May 1948
This impressive monument immediately grabs your attention as you walk on by . . .
– Within the Town Centre – obtain Directions here
– Car Parking available along Warton Street
– Other Historical POI’s in Gayndah
– Things to Do about Town
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– Facilities available at Gayndah include:
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