Rose Hill Race Course – as pretty as a picture

Illustrated Sydney News – 9 May 1885

In the days before photography, illustrators told the story for those who could not be there.  This is a scene from the first day of racing at the new Rose Hill Racecourse near Parramatta.

The birth of the Sydney Turf Club

The first Sydney Turf Club was established on 18 March 1825.  Sydney Gazette – 23 March 1825

It’s interesting to see William Wentworth’s name in the list of those present at the inaugural meeting.

The Australian Racing Report gives some background to history of horse racing in Australia here.