Queensland Business History Award recipient announced

Brisbane Racing Club received the honour of the 2015 Queensland Business History Award at last night’s Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Business History Award, presented by State Library of Queensland, Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School as part of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame partnership, recognises leadership in collecting, preserving and sharing business history.

“This annual award promotes the importance of good record keeping and preservation and acknowledges companies that protect and promote their corporate history and heritage collections,” Ms Wright said.

“This year’s recipient, Brisbane Racing Club, holds more than 140 years of racing administration experience. The club formed in July 2009 as a result of a merger between the Queensland Turf Club, which dated back to 1865, and the Brisbane Turf Club — an amalgamation that was the first of its kind for the Australian racing industry.”

Brisbane Racing Club preserves the history of thoroughbred horse racing in Queensland in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Racing History Association with its heritage unit, archives, engagement activities and Old Tote Racing Museum.

The museum showcases intriguing historical items such as trophies, early photos of horses, jockeys, committee members and racecourses, Queensland racing calendars dating back to 1887, Queensland Turf Club entries from 1890, historic racing books, trophies and memorabilia.

Located at Eagle Farm racecourse, the Old Tote Racing Museum is open by appointment and on race days. At nearby Doomben, the Archives of historic books, papers and photographs is open every Wednesday or by appointment.

“Photos, receipts, annual reports, film archive, posters, internal magazines and oral histories all play a part in telling Queensland’s business narrative,” Ms Wright said.

“Brisbane Racing Club is a great example of an organisation that is showing excellence in conservation works and most importantly sharing its fascinating history with the general public.”

Preserving business records helps co-create Queensland’s memory for future generations and State Library of Queensland encourages all businesses to follow Brisbane Racing Club’s lead.

For more information on the award and the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame visit www.halloffame.slq.qld.gov.au

Media enquiries: Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

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