Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s long-awaited memorabilia display at the Tara Raceway complex is finally starting to take shape.
MGGRC committee member Tim Holmes said this week that currently there was Mount Gambier Cup memorabilia on show while the club awaited the installation of shelving in the glassed area in order that items pertaining to both coursing and track racing could be placed on display.
“With Tara Raceway closing for a couple of weeks as from April 26 for the purpose of extensive race track remodelling we’re hoping to have the memorabilia display up and running by the time racing resumes on Sunday, May 13,” he said.
“We already have quite a few items in our possession to be displayed, including the cup and photographs of George Hinton’s Doctor Mac who won the 1932 Mount Gambier Coursing Club’s President’s Cup.
“And the 1964 inaugural Sandown Park Laurels sash won by Newman McDonnell’s Tara Princess will also be on display.
“Also, we are looking to feature a timeline of the history of greyhound coursing and track racing in the region and in particular are seeking any information in relation to the early days of coursing.”
Holmes said he did have some old photographs in his possession, one of Radiant Thorn pictured after winning the SA St Leger at the Glenburnie Plumpton, probably some time in the 1930s, and noted that back then the participants were referred to as “leashmen”.
He said the club was always on the lookout for greyhound memorabilia in order that the exhibition items could be rotated from time to time.
Honour boards for Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. presidents, secretaries and life members, along with Mount Gambier Cup winners have been placed in position next to the memorabilia display.
Incidentally, one of the first SA coursing events took place in June 1867 at Naracoorte with the Naracoorte Coursing Club formally established the following year. Shortly after, the club held the first Australian Waterloo Cup.