"And they're off..." - A history of Queensland horse racing

Champion racehorse Bernborough

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Since the first organised horse race at Coopers Plains in 1843, the “Sport of Kings” has been a passion amongst Queenslanders. From the Nanango Race Track to the Eagle Farm Racecourse, horse racing is an institution in many Queensland towns and a hub of community activity.

Hear about the fascinating history of horse racing in Queensland from our expert panel of speakers.


  • Helen Coughlan, author of Queensland Turf Club – a place in history, will highlight the development of thoroughbred racing through the years of the Queensland Turf Club since 1863.
  •  Dr Kay Cohen, author ofCharter and Circumstance: thirty years of the Totalisator Administration Board in Queensland: 1962-1992, will discuss the history of the TAB in our state.
  • Bart Sinclair, renowned horse racing journalist and turf editor ofThe Courier Mail and The Sunday Mail, will share some of his memories of his time at the tracks.

This is an Out of the Port  free lunchtime talk, presented by State Library’s John Oxley Library and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection


Wed 21 Nov 2012, 12:30 pm -
SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2
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