Bright Pictorial Heritage 1850 to 2011

Early Horseraces

About this Project
Brief History of Bright
Historical Timeline
Old Tobacco Sheds and Gold Museum
Boys' Camp
Bright Cemetery
Courthouse and Lockup
Beautiful Trees in Bright
Memorial Arboretum
Gold Mining
Canyon Gold Sluicing Site
Freeburgh and Germantown
Baker's Gully Reserve
Bright Railway 1890 to 1983
Early Horseraces
Early Miniature Car Races
Huggin's Lookout
Clear Spot, Apex, Tower Hill Lookouts
Walking Tracks
References and Bibliography

1921 Horseracing

1921 Horseraces

1921 Horseracing

1921 - woodchopping contest at race meeting

Note: This Section has been updated in March 2013, thanks to information kindly made available by present and former residents of Bright, and from examination of various editions of the Bright Historical Newsletters
Horseracing was  followed in Bright as far back as 1870, under the auspices of the Bright Racing Club.
Meetings took place on Boxing Day and Easter Monday, and incuded the annual Bright Cup
A report in the Melbourne Argus said that about 1500 people had attended the meeting in December 1891, the large attendance augmented by the opening of the Brght Railway in the same year.
The original racetrack was located in the area adjacent along the east side of present-day Racecourse Rd and extending along the Great Alpine Rd.  Racing continued at that site until about 1910, when the course was taken over for Gold Dredging, known as the Racecourse Dredge. When dredging ceased, the land was dug up and sold for Pine Plantations.
At about 1914, racing was then transferred to a new site off Coronation Avenue,  on land which subsequently became the Pioneer Recreation Park, named after
the Pioneer Mine. This was adjacent to the Football/Cricket ground.
The Freeburg Racing Club also had its occasional meetings at the Bright track in the 1920s.

Meetings continued in the 1930s,  "incorporating athetlics, cycling, and woodchopping", and available records show that a meeting was held in 1939 but were suspended during the War years.
A report in the Argus advised that a meeting took place in December 1945,  but there did not appear to be any further meetings in subsequent years.
After horse racing was abandoned, the site was used for car racing into the early /mid 1960s. It is not known when car racing commenced - this was possibly in the 1950s.
PIoneer Park today is the centre for many of Bright's community activities, sports and Festivals, and is next to the Football/Cricket ground.
See also MIniature Car Racing elsewhere in this Project!

Comments welcome, to  Bob Padula