Author: Researched and compiled by Beth Frayne (Toodyay Historical Society). Publication details: [Toodyay, WA]: Toodyay Race Club, 2015. 31 p.: ill. No index. “Souvenir of the 150th Anniversary of the running of the first race meeting in Newcastle (now Toodyay) on 20 October 1865. For the TABtouch Toodyay Picnic Race Day 27 September 2015”
From the Introduction by the author:
A request from Toodyay Race Club Chairman John Prater has resulted in this small window into a very long and colourful history of a country race club, which has had its shares of wins and losses, as did the folk that patronised the local races.
I thank John and Club members for sharing the archival resources of the Club and personal collections to show what happened here in Toodyay. The Shire Museum and the Historical Society have also assisted. Online and paper issues of the original weekly and current monthly Toodyay Herald have been a boon.
In quick time, here is the story of the Toodyay Race Club and its forebears the Newcastle Race Committee and Newcastle Race Club. No doubt, some things have been missed, or just plain left out, due to lack of space. I acknowledge the assistance of the Society’s Archivist, Jenny Edgecombe, in this task.
The Club’s long history has been divided into four Eras:
- Newcastle Race Club (1865-1917)
- Toodyay Race Club (1918-1945)
- After the War was Over (1946-1997)
- Rebirth (1997-2015)
Some lists of interesting facts and names (if somewhat incomplete) appear at the end of the booklet.