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1932

1932 – Port Hedland Golf Course established at the racetrack

Another fun fact: did you know that the our racecourse was also the home of the Port Hedland Golf Club, from the 1930s through to the 1970s? A nine hole golf course, known as the Port Hedland Golf Links, was established next to the aerodrome at the racecourse in 1932 and was the main golf … (read more →)

1923

1923 – Le Cygne won the Port Hedland Handicap

Source: Pt. Hedland Notes. (1923, September 1). Northern Times(Carnarvon, WA : 1905 – 1952), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75695822

1921

1921 – Airport Established at the Racecourse

Did you know that the Port Hedland Racecourse doubled as the town’s airport for nearly 20 years? A hangar and terminal were built beside the racetrack, which was used as the town’s primary airstrip until 1940.

The original terminal shack still stands today (located between the tennis courts and the track). In later years the shack was re-purposed as the … (read more →)

1910

1908

1908 – The first “Port Hedland Week”

Racing looks like it was front and centre in the very first “Port Hedland Week”, in 1908!

High Tide at Hedland. (1908, October 4). Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), p. 3 Section: THIRD SECTION. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57586424

High Tide at Hedland

The secretary of the Port Hedland Race Club has sent us the … (read more →)

1907

1907 – Record attendance reported at the 1907 annual race meet!

Our club’s early race meets at the start of the 1900s sound like they were an absolute blast! The following snippets are some excerpts from a Northern Times article, reporting on what people were getting up to at the 1907 annual meeting.

PORT HEDLAND NEWS,. (1907, October 5). Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA : 1905 – 1952), … (read more →)

1907

1907 – Registered as the “Port Hedland Amateur Racing Club”

First launched as the “Port Hedland Racing Club” from 1902 to 1907, the Club was formally registered with the WATC as the “Port Hedland Amateur Racing Club” on the 22nd of July, 1907.

It was officially called the “Port Hedland Amateur Racing Club” (or P.H.A.R.C.) for nearly 70 years, from 1907 to 1976. Some also referred … (read more →)

1904

1903

1902

1902 – Bluff won the first Port Hedland Handicap

At its inception in 1902, the Port Hedland Handicap had a prize purse of 35 sovereigns, and was won by “Bluff”, owned by Mr A. Wilding, by a margin of 6 lengths.

The Port Hedland Handicap was the feature race of the Port Hedland Annual Race Meet from 1902-1935, and was renamed to the “Port Hedland Cup” from 1936 onwards. … (read more →)