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RACING

THAMES JOCKEY CLUB
· First Thames Race meeting 2/1/1868
· By mid 1870's racing established, meetings held Parawai and Tararu
· 1901 Thames Jockey Club purchased 50 acres of land from Robert Comer and 43 acres of Native land. Parawai course developed. Track originally Left-handed and 6 furlongs. 1926 track altered to a Right-handed 7 furlong track.
Reference:

"1873-1973 Thames Borough Centenary" Editor L P O'Neill

THAMES JOCKEY CLUB
Presidents:

  • E McDONNELL 1896--1899
  • Hon Jas McGOWAN 1900--1912
  • Albert BRUCE 1912--1926
  • Henry LOWE 1926--1935
  • E J CLENDON 1936
  • W BONGARD 1937--1954
  • C H COAKLEY 1955--1960
  • Edgar CLARK 1961--1965
  • L B SLOANE 1966--1967

Source: "Thames the First 100 years" by W Kelly, Thames Star 1968

THAMES JOCKEY CLUB
Secretaries:

  • H J GREENSLADE 1896--1899
  • W H POTTS 1900--1919
  • J W RENNICK 1919- 1920
  • W S CLARKE 1921--1953

Source: "Thames the First 100 years" by W Kelly, Thames Star 1968


THAMES TROTTING CLUB
· Formed December 6, 1919 at a meeting held at the Thames Jockey Club Office, Albert Street. Chairman: Mr James Twohill and Acting Secretary: Mr Albert Bruce
· Inaugural race meeting held at Parawai Racecourse 20/3 1920
· Non-Totalisator meetings until 1924
· Full Totalisator meeting 5/4/1925
· During WWII the racecourse was used for Military purposes

Reference:

"1873-1973 Thames Borough Centenary" Editor L P O'Neill