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The Brisbane Racing Club, in association with the Thoroughbred Racing History Association Inc., have created a dedicated HERITAGE UNIT with a Brief to preserve the history of thoroughbred horse-racing in Queensland and to welcome you to the Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourses; racecourses that are truly ‘museums without walls’ and which are home to the Old Tote Racing Museum [Eagle Farm] and the Archive [Doomben]; comprising the James McGill Library, the Pascoe Family Pictorial Record and racing ephemera.
As ‘museums without walls’, these racecourses chart the development of one of Queensland’s great industries and speak to the evolution of the State’s social history.
For further information and research enquiries and to arrange a guided tour
07 3630 2245 (Wednesday 10am/3pm) or 07 3268 2171
PO Box 817 HAMILTON CENTRAL. Q. 4007 (Brisbane Racing Club)
PO Box 7394 EAST BRISBANE. Q. 4169 (The Thoroughbred Racing History Association Inc.)
Racing began on this site in 1865, and the finest thoroughbreds in Australasia have graced this historic course; we remember the mighty Tulloch, and salute the famous “Kiwi” Rough Habit. With a turf track 28 metres wide, a circumference of 2.027 metres and a home straight of 434 metres; Eagle Farm has welcomed thousands of race goers and some, like the aviator Bert Hinkler in 1928 and American service personnel in 1941, have visited for less conventional reasons.
Racing began on this site in the 1930’s. With a turf track 26 metres wide, a circumference of 1715 metres and a home straight of 350 metres, Doomben was long admired for its garden setting and its legendary ‘Straight Six’. Bernborough (some say the greatest of them all) won the Doomben 10,000 and the Doomben Cup here in 1946 on his way to 15 consecutive victories. In recent times, the racecourse has welcomed the internationally recognised Black Caviar and polo teams from around the world.
Thoroughbred Racing History Association is a not-for-profit organisation established around 20 years ago to preserve the history of the thoroughbred industry for the general public and industry participants. It is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who have a background in racing and are keen to exchange the knowledge stored in the Archives Division or on display at the Museum. We will accept any thoroughbred racing history items appropriate for inclusion in our current collection